Fraud Investigator Court Appearance 02 Nov 13

A Watonwan County judge has denied a request to dismiss a felony theft case against a Watonwan County fraud investigator. 54-year-old Jeffrey Matthews of New Ulm is accused of claiming that he worked a full 8-hour day when he was in fact at home or just driving around. Investigators say he claimed over $1,600 in wages for time he was not working. He would apparently spend a substantial portion of his day out of work, a fact which was discovered after a  GPS device was installed on Matthews’ car to track him. He was charged with theft and misconduct, but his defense has sought to have the case dismissed based on insufficient probable cause, saying it was “Just a misunderstanding.” Matthews next court appearance is set for November 25th.