June 13, 2017 05:19 AM
Multiple sources have told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the FBI is investigating the security company hired to protect U.S. Bank Stadium.
Sources said the FBI investigation focuses on a complaint alleging fraud within Monterrey Security Company. The federal government became involved because the company is based in Chicago, and the allegations of fraud would cross state lines.
KSTP first reported last week that the Minnesota Private Detective and Protective Agent Services Board is conducting an investigation into allegations that Monterrey falsified government documents, hired people with serious criminal convictions and that some of those employees have felony records but did not receive proper security clearance.
One source said the fraud investigation includes the review of "hundreds of employees."
Sources said the FBI is also investigating multiple allegations of falsifying security documents to reflect required security training for employees, despite the fact some of those employees did not complete their training.
A spokesperson for Monterrey denied the allegations in a written statement that said, in part, "Monterrey has no knowledge of anything other than an anonymous complaint being filed with a state agency. Monterrey Security can say, in the strongest terms possible, that it has never provided false information to any state agency for any facility it serves. That's simply not true. We can say with full confidence that the hundreds of Minnesota residents currently employed by Monterrey Security have cleared all required background checks and work in positions they are qualified to work in."
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said it is unaware of an FBI investigation but is aware of the state investigation and takes the allegations "very seriously." The MSFA said it will reserve any further comment until the investigation is finished.
The Minnesota Vikings also said they were unaware of an FBI investigation but said they take the allegations in the state investigation with an equal amount of concern. The Vikings declined further comment.
Updated: June 13, 2017 05:19 AM
Created: June 12, 2017 09:08 PM
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