Plaintiff in civil rights lawsuit reported City only months before audit that exposed massive loan fraud scandal
Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W.
Unit # 17
East Grand Forks, MN
December 8, 2013
Deputy State Auditor
525 Park Street
St. Paul, MN
I have an issue I would like to address with your agency. Before doing so, I believe it would be prudent to share my background.
TIMOTHY CHARLES HOLMSETH
I am an investigative journalist/author residing in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
My professional references include statements from people of good repute such as elected officials, community leaders, and a County Attorney.
I have been recognized with first place awards by the North Dakota Newspaper Association, as well as Boone Publishing. In 2009 I passed a state and federal background check in advance of a social worker position, which required I submit documents to the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, INS, and FBI.
I was interviewed by the Minneapolis FBI in 2010 about a journalism project I endeavored regarding the kidnapping of HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings. The FBI requested I turn over copies of journalistic interviews I conducted with certain individuals of interest to the FBI in that that case. The Special Agent that interviewed me told me I was deemed credible.
EAST GRAND FORKS POLICE DEPARTMENT
I am contacting you today in regards to the East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD).
On November 27, 2012 the Office of the State Auditor advised the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as well as the Oversight Committee for the Pine-to-Prairie Drug Task Force, that issues needed to be addressed with the EGFPD regarding the EGFPD’s failure to report monies received at auction for the sales of seized motor vehicles.
I have reason to believe the irregularities discovered by the auditor were only the tip of the EGFPD corruption iceberg. I have information and evidence that shows the EGFPD habitually refuses public records requests; hides records; destroys records; alters documents; intimidate witnesses; ignores crime; and falsely arrests dissidents.
My first experience with the EGFPD was in 2009 when the ranking officer at the Department, Lt. Rodney Hajicek, telephoned me on behalf of a company from Florida called Xentel, Inc. He advised me the Company did not want me to publish the story I was working on regarding a Photoshopped picture of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings, which was being used to advance an online charity fraud scam.
At the time the EGFPD was pressuring me at the request of Xentel, Inc.; the FBI in Florida was physically visiting Xentel based upon a lead they received from me.
Xentel, Inc. is a company that has been sued by the Office of the Attorney General in Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina for defrauding the citizenry. It is very disturbing the EGFPD was doing a favor for Xentel, Inc. – a company that may be involved in a federal kidnapping.
The amount of evidence I acquired between 2009 and 2013 regarding corruption by the EGFPD and EGF City Attorney is absolutely astonishing, and far beyond the scope of this correspondence.
Suffice to say – the City of East Grand Forks knew/knows what I had on them, because I reported their organized criminal activity to the FBI in early 2012. I reported it to the feds because it is multi-jurisdictional, serious, dangerous, and organized.
On December 14, 2012 the EGFPD obtained a Search Warrant from a District Judge to seize my computer, telephones, credit card numbers, U.S. Mail, recorders, discs, flash drives, etc.
On January 4, 2013 EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad told Judge Tamara Yon in open court that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) would not forensically search my hard-drive without a proper Warrant.
The Court subsequently ordered the property be returned. It was returned to me on April 26, 2013. However – wires had been pulled out from inside the computer’s tower and the hard-drive no longer worked.
The arrogance of this gangster tactic by the EGFPD is amazing.
I began to file complaints to EGF Police Chief Michael Hedlund regarding the destruction of my computer, as well as other infractions.
I learned on September 30, 2013 via a letter from Chief Hedlund, that law enforcement had searched my hard-drive. That was the first time I had proof they had been inside of it. That would have been a warrant-less search, because the initial Warrant only allowed the EGFPD to retain the property and hold it.
That is very disturbing, because Attorney Galstad had already told Judge Yon that the BCA would not search the hard-drive without another Warrant.
Sgt. Michael Norland, Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), testified in Court on November 25, 2013 during a Motion to Compel hearing filed by me, that he searched my hard-drive at the request of Officer Aeisso Schrage.
Schrage was an officer at the EGFPD.
However – records generated by Sgt. Norland, which I recently obtained from the PCSO, show Sgt. Norland referred to Schrage as being with the “Pine-to-Prairie Drug Task Force” (as opposed to the EGFPD – not mentioned by Norland).
The suggestion that I am connected to gang activity or drug dealing is completely and utterly ridiculous. It appears the EGFPD may have used their Pine-to-Prairie Drug Task Force agent to request the Search Warrant from the Judge to add credibility to the request.
Sgt. Norland stated in his report that he found nothing illegal on the hard-drive. He also said that after he gave the hard-drive back to Schrage; Schrage later returned with it and wanted him to make a “copy” of it.
Another oddity of the situation is the fact that some of the items that had been seized on December 14, 2012, were returned to me on April 26, 2013 with BCA evidence stickers on them. However – there is no indication at this point that the BCA was ever even involved in this Warrant. Two different types of evidence stickers were used.
During the November 25, 2013 hearing I tried several times to question Sgt. Norland on the witness stand regarding his search of the hard-drive (I wanted to know if he believed he had a Warrant to search the hard-drive). However – every time I began that line of questioning, Attorney Galstad would object on the basis it was beyond the scope of my Motion.
The EGFPD seems to move seamlessly from one lie to another – one act of corruption to another.
In my experience, this type of activity is almost always indicative of something much bigger that is hidden very deep below the surface.
I have been very diligent in filing written complaints to the EGFPD so I have a wealth of documentation.
The before-mentioned information I shared with you is only a very, very small sample. I could show you much more regarding things such as evidence-tampering and document manipulation.
I believe your auditor would find a great deal more if he dug deeper.
I am copying the BCA on this letter because I recently communicated with a special agent regarding the BCA stickers that appeared on some of my property.
Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Cc: Donald Cheung, Greg Hierlinger