State DOJ: No investigation into gun allegations

CREATED Jan. 4, 2014

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MADISON (AP) -- The state Department of Justice won't conduct an internal investigation into an agent who was accused of illegally manufacturing and selling weapons.

In a letter to the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1gyXGYs ), Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter says the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation into the allegations determined that no policy or law violations occurred.

Jay Smith was a supervisor at a Division of Criminal Investigation office when one of his agents accused him of making and selling guns, including to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, without a federal permit.

Special agent Dan Bethards also accused Smith of possessing a stolen machine gun.

Bethards was fired in October following an internal investigation into his own conduct, in which he was accused of violating various policies and lying.