Stephen Montemayor | Star Tribune
Reporter | U.S. District Court and federal agencies

Stephen Montemayor covers the U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. District Court in Minnesota and federal agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF and Homeland Security for the Star Tribune.

Mpls. eye surgery company will pay $12M to settle kickbacks case

A whistleblower had sued Sightpath Medical over allegations that Sightpath took prospective clients on luxury skiing vacations and high-end fishing, golfing and hunting trips.

Hate, clashes were on the rise in Minn. before Charlottesville

How much of a surge is hard to quantify, but civic leaders are looking at how to respond.

FBI offering $30,000 reward for help in probe of Bloomington mosque explosion

FBI says the investigation is its "top priority" in Minneapolis.

Judge cites Minnesota OD deaths in sentencing two heroin dealers

Half brothers had an operation that funneled heroin from Chicago to Rochester, according to prosecutors.

Excluded from a Minnesota grand jury, deaf man sues for the right to serve

He told the courts he would need an ASL interpreter, then found himself off the jurors' list.

As D.C. debates, Minn. groups press ahead to counter extremists

A heightened role for law enforcement is hinted under the Trump administration, but local efforts don't always align with national ones.

Court upholds child porn conviction for militia leader from Minnesota

What began as an identity theft case resulted in child porn charges and a 12-year sentence after the FBI was able to crack the encrypted hard drive of a self-described militia leader.

Mortgage lender will pay $74 million to settle federal suit over bad loans

The mortgage lender PHH, with an office in Edina, has agreed to resolve violations.

Minn. judge calls FBI search unconstitutional in global porn probe

But the federal judge refused to throw out evidence that resulted from the search, part of the "Operation Pacifier."

FBI seeks who and why behind IED blast at Islamic center

A blast caused by what the FBI called "an improvised explosive device" rocked a Bloomington Islamic center before dawn Saturday. No one was hurt in the explosion, which heavily damaged an imam's office.