James Shiffer

Columnist and team leader | Watchdog and data team
Phone: 612-673-4116
James Eli Shiffer writes the Full Disclosure column and supervises the watchdog and data team. Shiffer joined the Star Tribune in 2005. A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., Shiffer previously worked at The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Recent content from James Shiffer

Teaching scam leads to $20,000 fine, loss of license

Continuing education classes for insurance agents were "abbreviated" from 15 hours to 59 minutes.

Updated: October 06, 2010, - 08:55 PM

This 'spoofing' is no fun

Caller ID can become an unwitting accomplice to fraud. It's illegal here and crackdowns are starting, but hundreds continue to be targeted.

Updated: September 27, 2010, - 09:14 AM

15 hours of work in 59 minutes = fines

Forty insurance agents have agreed to pay $3,000 fines and go back to school after admitting they attended bogus classes to satisfy Minnesota licensing requirements.

Updated: September 15, 2010, - 08:54 AM

From Main Street to mean street

For businesses on the stretch of Chicago Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and Lake Street, a reconstruction project means hard times and little city help.

Updated: August 30, 2010, - 12:11 PM

Weak rules govern guardians

To family members and advocates, three Aitkin Co. cases show how the state needs new tools to crack down on poorly performing guardians and conservators, who are virtually ungregulated.

Updated: August 18, 2010, - 07:46 AM

Grave unmarked for nearly a year

The cemetery apologized and said the stone should have been placed within two months of burial.

Updated: July 19, 2010, - 09:42 AM

Insurance 'training' a study in cheating state law

An instructor who had insurance agents log 15 hours of required class work in 59 minutes had his license suspended by the state last month.

Updated: July 12, 2010, - 09:29 AM

Code dispute turns ugly

Maplewood officials wanted an entrepreneur to make changes before issuing a new permit. When she refused, they took action that some think went too far.

Updated: July 06, 2010, - 09:20 AM

Ride is bumpy on worst street in Minneapolis

33rd Avenue SE. is not for the fainthearted. After our visit, the city dumped 17 tons of asphalt to fill the largest holes.

Updated: July 06, 2010, - 09:19 AM

Whistleblower: Drawing the line in Minneapolis land squabble

David Zopfi found that boundary disputes are a private matter, one he can't afford.

Updated: June 13, 2010, - 08:33 AM

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