Hearing to be held in firing of DOJ officer

CREATED Dec. 6, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Workforce Development says Wisconsin's whistleblower law may have been violated when a special agent was fired after alleging that his boss was illegally making and selling guns.
   
The Wisconsin State Journal reports Friday that DWD found that the Department of Justice may have violated the state's whistleblower law in disciplining and then firing Dan Bethards.
   
The DWD determined that two complaints lodged by Bethards should go to a hearing before an administrative law judge.
   
Bethards reported a year ago that Jay Smith, the head of the Division of Criminal Investigation's Superior office, was illegally making and selling guns to fellow law enforcement officers and possessed a stolen machine gun.
   
No charges were filed against Smith following a federal investigation.