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Report: Ex-DOJ drug agent fired after accusations of unlicensed firearm sales

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Justice Department has fired a drug agent who accused his ex-boss of keeping a stolen machine gun, and producing and selling unlicensed firearms to police officers. 

The Wisconsin State Journal said Dan Bethards was let go last Thursday. The Madison paper quoted a termination letter which said Bethards' allegations were not sincere -- and he failed to be honest in his own dealings. 

Bethards had run-ins with Jay Smith, when he worked for Smith at the Justice Department's former field office in Superior. 

The state closed the facility in May, but insisted it was not because of the personnel problems. Bethards told the State Journal the termination letter was "garbage," and he can counter most of the accusations against him. 

He has filed three complaints with the state's workforce development agency, claiming that Justice officials retaliated against him for making his allegations against Smith.

Those allegations led to a federal investigation. In August, authorities decided not to charge Smith.  

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