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 ( ), 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.