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Dan Browning

Reporter | Health Care | Medical Research
phone: 612-673-4493
Dan Browning covers health care and medical research for the Star Tribune. His areas of expertise include investigative reporting, computer-assisted reporting (i.e., data analysis) and white collar crime.
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Jurors find former Cold Spring brewery controller guilty of fraud

The Sartell man ripped off his employer, family and friends in two separate schemes.
Daughter charged with exploiting rich mom in Burnsville family feud

Daughter charged with exploiting rich mom in Burnsville family feud

A bitter feud with siblings led to audit and charges.
Crow Wing County guardian's duties stripped after neglect allegations

Crow Wing County guardian's duties stripped after neglect allegations

A pattern of unpaid bills, conflict with families.
Who's family? Sibling question at heart of Prince estate case

Who's family? Sibling question at heart of Prince estate case

The issue of whether Prince and Duane Nelson shared a father has become a multimillion-dollar question in the musician's estate case.
Racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests are widespread

Racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests are widespread

Despite recent attention on the city of St. Anthony, nearly every metro police department exhibits a racial disparity in its arrest rates, according to a Star Tribune analysis of recently released FBI Uniform Crime Reports data for serious crimes.
Former investment advisor pleads guilty to securities fraud

Former investment advisor pleads guilty to securities fraud

David Welliver admits misleading investors as he struggled increase the assets of his struggling mutual fund.
Lawyers may have 'potentially relevant' info on Prince heirs

Lawyers may have 'potentially relevant' info on Prince heirs

A special administrator overseeing Prince's estate says confidential documents at Henson & Efron could shed light on potential heirs.

Former Cold Spring Brewing exec charged with bilking $350,000

St. Cloud man allegedly also stole over $330,000 in Ponzi scheme.

State set a record last year for punishing lawyers

The state Supreme Court disbarred six lawyers and suspended the licenses of 47 others last year.

Carver County judge to unseal filings by some of Prince's purported heirs

Documents of those claiming to be Prince's children would remain sealed but those of others may be public.
Judge may seek Minnesota appeals court review for complex Prince estate

Judge may seek Minnesota appeals court review for complex Prince estate

A search through thousands of boxes of documents has yet to turn up a will.
Attorneys who Prince avoided in life now oversee his estate

Attorneys who Prince avoided in life now oversee his estate

He had no will, so attorneys — a profession the star distrusted — are in charge.

Prince estate hearing will be public, judge rules

Reporters will be allowed to cover the hearing, but no audio or visual recording or sketch artists will be allowed.
Who's claiming to be Prince's heirs? It's a secret

Who's claiming to be Prince's heirs? It's a secret

The next step will be a hearing on genetic testing rules for determining "heirship" to the estate, which has been valued at $100 million to $300 million.

In Minnesota, crimes against the elderly are 'doubling year-over-year'

Advocates gather to hash out possible solutions.
U.S. court hammers Minnesota porn troll attorney

U.S. court hammers Minnesota porn troll attorney

Paul Hansmeier and his associates targeted those who downloaded porn.
Judge to decide by Thursday first conflict over Prince's estate

Judge to decide by Thursday first conflict over Prince's estate

The trust in charge of Prince's assets says speed and expertise are needed to maximize the estate's value.
Tight deadlines proposed for potential heirs to Prince's estate

Tight deadlines proposed for potential heirs to Prince's estate

The special administrator marshaling Prince's $100 million-plus estate has submitted a proposal to verify potential heirs in an effort to resolve parentage questions by the end of the month.
Prince likely was dead for hours as picture of last days emerges

Prince likely was dead for hours as picture of last days emerges

Among the new details, the singer was given an IV treatment at a local hospital the day before he died, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.
Two possible heirs file claim over Prince's $100M estate

Two possible heirs file claim over Prince's $100M estate

Two more purported heirs of the late megastar Prince filed a motion in Carver County District Court on Wednesday to intervene in his $100 million-dollar-plus estate.
Local doctor treating Prince is identified in search warrant

Local doctor treating Prince is identified in search warrant

Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, a family practitioner, had seen Prince twice before his body was found in a Paisley Park elevator April 21, according to the warrant.
Prince was under Minn. doctor's care over withdrawal symptoms

Prince was under Minn. doctor's care over withdrawal symptoms

The local physician, who has not been publicly identified, saw the singer in the month before his death.
Judge authorizes DNA testing of Prince's blood for any heir claims

Judge authorizes DNA testing of Prince's blood for any heir claims

The Carver County judge overseeing Prince’s estate issued an order Friday giving the special administrator permission to conduct DNA tests of the late musician’s blood,…
Special administrator for Prince's estate confirmed

Special administrator for Prince's estate confirmed

With the approval of most of Prince's siblings, a Carver County judge Monday confirmed the appointment of Bremer Trust, National Association as special administrator to manage the late musician's assets.

Minnesota conservator admits stealing demented woman's money

A woman who stole $4,230 from an elderly dementia patient whose finances she was managing was sentenced last week in Anoka County to a year…
Without a will, it could take years to estimate Prince's estate

Without a will, it could take years to estimate Prince's estate

The wrangling over Prince's estate began formally Tuesday when one of his siblings filed an emergency motion to have a special administrator appointed.
At least 12 sports cars reach 'well over' 100 mph on I-394

At least 12 sports cars reach 'well over' 100 mph on I-394

The drivers of a dozen or more high-end sports cars were cited for reckless driving Saturday after a state trooper clocked them at more than…

Minnesota tax cheats sanctioned by judge — again

While awaiting sentencing for an illegal income tax scheme, a Prior Lake couple violated the conditions of their release by helping counsel clients at their…
Minnesota couple facing prison for tax fraud busted again

Minnesota couple facing prison for tax fraud busted again

The couple had pleaded guilty in November to a multimillion-dollar income tax refund scheme that preyed mostly on immigrants.

Suit alleges kids stole $24M from Champlin mom with dementia

The Engels Construction heiress, 79, has dementia; allegations focus on one son.
Embattled lawyer faces new fraud allegations, challenge from bankruptcy trustee

Embattled lawyer faces new fraud allegations, challenge from bankruptcy trustee

Trustee seeks to deny Paul Hansmeier bankruptcy protection, alleging improprieties.

Dakota County scrambles for guardians as firm quits

Meridian Services cites "business reasons" for exiting county services.

Minnesota conservator with trail of complaints is leaving cases

Clarence Coffindaffer, under fire for how he handles finances of the vulnerable, to exit.
Obituary: Public servant Leo Foley, 87, was a master of reinvention

Obituary: Public servant Leo Foley, 87, was a master of reinvention

Lord only knows what former state Sen. Leo T. Foley is up to now, but if his life is any example, his death Feb.…
Former clients of thieving conservator face new troubles in court

Former clients of thieving conservator face new troubles in court

The fallout from the thefts by Stephen Grisham continues to roil the courts.

Social Security targets disabilities fraud in Minnesota

St. Paul unit to tackle Social Security probes.
Minnesota safeguards how vulnerable adults' money gets spent

Minnesota safeguards how vulnerable adults' money gets spent

State system has evolved into the only mandatory, online financial reporting system for conservators in the country.

Think-Off ponders effect of wealth on democracy

Can a nation built on the principle of “one person, one vote” function when the gulf between the haves and the have-nots is so wide?…

Lawsuit preceded federal raids on Minnesota chiropractic offices

The search warrants for up to 10 Twin Cities facilities remain sealed.
Coin dealer ordered to repay $2 million and is barred from industry

Coin dealer ordered to repay $2 million and is barred from industry

A bankrupt Twin Cities roofing contractor who tried to reinvent himself during the Great Recession by selling gold and silver coins has been barred for…

FBI agents raid 6 to 10 Twin Cities chiropractic offices

The raids follow insurance company complaints about staged accidents and fraudulent billing. "This has been like 10 years in the making," Insurance Federation of Minnesota official says.

Narco-terror convict deported from Minnesota, but who is he?

Federal agencies can't agree on man's ID.
Judge orders Twin Cities man suspected of ISIL support held

Judge orders Twin Cities man suspected of ISIL support held

At least 10 young Somali-American men from Minnesota allegedly conspired to join ISIL.
U athletics probe details serious violations of spending rules

U athletics probe details serious violations of spending rules

Payments for booze, parties and hair stylists were among improper receipts found, but investigators say there is little evidence of sexual harassment at the U's athletics department during Norwood Teague's tenure.
Judge orders takeover of controversial Mpls. lawyer's assets

Judge orders takeover of controversial Mpls. lawyer's assets

The judge cited a pattern of dishonesty in rejecting request to pay off debts over five years.
U regents say they were kept in dark about Teague complaints

U regents say they were kept in dark about Teague complaints

Regents say they were kept in the dark initially as sexual harassment complaints led to resignation of Norwood Teague.
U to release results of athletic department investigations

U to release results of athletic department investigations

The reports include a review into sexual harassment in the athletics department and an internal financial audit under former athletic director Norwood Teague.

Nov. 17, 2015: Minn. couple plead guilty to tax scam preying on immigrants

Costly scheme targeted immigrants seeking help in Minnesota and Florida.
Minneapolis lawyer facing ethics complaint over porn suits

Minneapolis lawyer facing ethics complaint over porn suits

Bankruptcy trustee objects to debt relief plan for attorney who filed "nuisance lawsuits."
Key Minnesota athletics executive Mike Ellis resigns

Key Minnesota athletics executive Mike Ellis resigns

Mike Ellis has been on voluntary leave at the U's request since late August pending an investigation into unspecified complaints against him.
Minnesota political consultant seeks to ditch debts, legal history

Minnesota political consultant seeks to ditch debts, legal history

Bankruptcy trustee is investigating Jonathan Aanestad's petition for relief.
U report hints at concerns about gender equity in athletics

U report hints at concerns about gender equity in athletics

Details of 2014 consultant's review of athletics department have never been publicly released
Federal white collar crime prosecutions decline in Minnesota

Federal white collar crime prosecutions decline in Minnesota

As prosecutions dip, feds cite complexity of crimes, stretched resources.
Immigration fraud case leads to small farm in Foley, Minn.

Immigration fraud case leads to small farm in Foley, Minn.

A family-owned vegetable farm is at the center of an alleged conspiracy to bring in workers with false papers from the Dominican Republic, force them to pay illegal fees and threaten them to keep them quiet.
U says IT chief resigned under pressure after multiple complaints

U says IT chief resigned under pressure after multiple complaints

Between May and August, the university received four complaints against Scott Studham accusing him of rigging contracts, hiring friends without competitive bids, using university funds for personal expenses, and other misconduct.
U athletics official takes leave after new complaints surface

U athletics official takes leave after new complaints surface

An associate athletic director at the University of Minnesota is on leave pending an investigation into five anonymous complaints against him in the wake of Athletic Director Norwood Teague's resignation.
Feds: Mpls. fund adviser used client money for new car, vacations, liquor

Feds: Mpls. fund adviser used client money for new car, vacations, liquor

A former adviser to police and fire pension funds in Minneapolis faces a federal indictment for allegedly bilking mutual fund investors out of $1.2 million.

IRS investigating Minnesota options trader, investment coach

The IRS sent an undercover agent to meet with a Minnesota options trader and author suspected of tax evasion and fraud.
Suit over Ponzi scheme survives challenge by Associated Bank

Suit over Ponzi scheme survives challenge by Associated Bank

An Associated Bank executive allegedly facilitated a scheme that defrauded 700 investors out of $194 million.
Minnesota Chamber seeks changes in laws to halt disability-access suits

Minnesota Chamber seeks changes in laws to halt disability-access suits

Business owners try to head off expensive lawsuits described as a "cash cow."

Judge throws the book at Twin Cities coin fraudster

The judge said Jay Flynn preyed on elderly victims, stole their savings and refused to answer their calls. The judge then gave the former Twin Cities coin and bullion dealer a stiffer sentence than the prosecutor sought: 52 months in prison.

Explore overtime pay for metro area public employees

Workers in metro county sheriff's departments top the list of county employees earning the most overtime as a percent of their total earnings.
Staffing shortages send overtime soaring in sheriff's agencies

Staffing shortages send overtime soaring in sheriff's agencies

Counties are so short-staffed that even handling 911 calls is a struggle.
State security guard supports dozens with overtime payday

State security guard supports dozens with overtime payday

  No state employee works longer hours than Abu Kamara. In the past five years, the 59-year-old “security counselor” at the Minnesota State Security Hospital…
Crooked coin broker admits, "I've hurt people," gets 12 years

Crooked coin broker admits, "I've hurt people," gets 12 years

A federal judge sentenced the 54-year-old to more than 12 years in prison.

Minnesota coin dealer gets 6 years for fraud

Federal judge laments that his $753,000 restitution order likely won't produce much from habitual fraudster when he completes his 71 month prison term.

June 27: Three Minnesota coin dealers are headed for the clink

The three Twin Cities dealers preyed on elderly and vulnerable clients, stealing millions over time.
Mid-level DWI change in state could put many in handcuffs

Mid-level DWI change in state could put many in handcuffs

The Legislature this year lowered the threshold for a gross misdemeanor drunken driving offense to a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .16 percent.

Terrorism conviction upheld for ex-janitor at Minneapolis mosque

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a former janitor at a Minneapolis mosque who was sentenced to 20 years…
From diabetes to chewing gum, private funds drive U research

From diabetes to chewing gum, private funds drive U research

As federal money for research declines, scientists are facing difficult questions.
1 dead in north Mpls. shooting after neighborhood dispute

1 dead in north Mpls. shooting after neighborhood dispute

Minneapolis police said two other people were wounded in the holiday afternoon gunfire.
U.S. labor secretary to tout paid family leave during Twin Cities visit

U.S. labor secretary to tout paid family leave during Twin Cities visit

Labor secretary will promote issue during visit to Twin Cities.
New swindling allegations cost White Bear Lake chiropractor license

New swindling allegations cost White Bear Lake chiropractor license

Randy Miland had been found trustworthy after earlier fraud convictions.

Jan. 8, 2015: University of Minnesota joins national autism study

The U's project will focus on 8-year-olds in Ramsey and Hennepin counties.
Surgeon re-engineers way to rebuild babies' skulls

Surgeon re-engineers way to rebuild babies' skulls

A surgeon at Gillette in St. Paul reinvented the way he rebuilds babies' skulls to limit the risk of bleeding and complications.
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