Investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force are looking into a potential large scale case of check fraud and the victims could include hundreds of businesses from across Minnesota who paid fines imposed by the Minnesota OSHA Compliance Unit.
During this time frame 759 Minnesota businesses paid fines to the OSHA Compliance.
Investigators report that much of the evidence was destroyed before they could gather it from the suspects of this case. The task force has sent out letters to all Minnesota businesses who were identified as having paid OSHA fines during the alleged time period. The letters ask the businesses to look for questionable checks cashed during the time period and to report any concerns to the authorities. Most of the fraudulent checks that were created are believed to be under $1000.