Almost 2,000 Felons Arrested In Statewide Sting

Posted at 12:44 PM, Mar 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-19 15:36:11-04

MSP-Trooper-at-computerLANSING, Mich. — Michigan State Police Fugitive Team in coordination with the Michigan Department of Human Services OIG (Office of Inspector General), created a task force that swept 1,994 wanted felons off the streets by using a simple method of cross-checking a list of felony arrest warrants with the DHS database resulting in the successful sting.

Of the 4,562 matches generated, the MSP cleared 800 felony arrest warrants and another 1,194 were executed by law enforcement or the wanted individuals turned themselves in.  The Pilot of this sting originated in 2007 when the cross-check had to be manually combed for a match. The new system takes just moments.  “The program allows us to protect the integrity of public assistance while at the same time helping to ensure public safety,” says Maura Corrigan, DHS Director.

Local, state and federal authorities plan to continue these efforts to further encourage individuals to comply with state law in order to continue to collect benefits.