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Investigations Bureau

The Investigations Bureau is comprised of the Fire Prevention and Investigation Section, the Major Case Section, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Montana Analysis and Technical Information Center (MATIC). The Investigations Bureau specializes in a number of fields. At the request of city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the bureau’s staff provide direct assistance in a broad range of criminal investigations such as:

  • homicide and other felony violent crimes
  • arson and other fire investigations
  • Medicaid fraud
  • elder abuse and exploitation within health care facilities
  • computer related crime
  • sex crimes
  • corruption and official misconduct
  • complex financial crimes
  • criminal information exchange and coordination

Contact the Investigations Bureau

John Strandell, Chief
Investigations Bureau
2225 11th Avenue
P.O. Box 201417
Helena, MT 59620-1417
Phone: (406) 444-2053

About the Investigations Bureau

Fire Prevention and Investigation Section
This section includes the Montana State Fire Marshal’s Office. More information about this office, including contact information for the Montana Fire Marshal, can be found on the State Fire Marshal’s Office page.

Major Case Section
The Major Case Section provides criminal investigative assistance to city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies at their request. The section also conducts criminal investigations of allegations referred by the Montana State Fund and Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force. We have partnered with the Montana ICAC Task Force to assist in educating, investigating, and prosecuting computer-facilitated child exploitation cases.

Lee Johnson, Supervisor
Phone: (406) 586-0902

The section has staff in four regional offices across the state:

Major Case Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 31094
Billings, MT 59107
Phone: (406) 896-4376

Major Case Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 991
Great Falls, MT 59403-0991
Phone: (406) 791-2700

Major Case Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 8127
Bozeman, MT 59773
Phone: (406) 586-0902

Major Case Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 1864
Kalispell, MT 59903-1864
Phone: (406) 756-7321

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is responsible for investigating any crime that occurs in a health care facility, including theft, drug diversion, sexual assault and homicide. The section also investigates elder exploitation, elder abuse and fraud by providers within the Medicaid system. This may include investigations into doctors, dentists, durable medical equipment companies, mental health providers, home health providers, and other Medicaid providers.

To report Medicaid provider fraud or elder abuse, call the Medicaid Fraud hotline at (800) 376-1115.

Debrah Fosket, Director
Phone: (406) 444-4606

Montana Analysis & Technical Information Center (MATIC)

The Montana Analysis & Technical Information Center’s (MATIC) mission is to collect, store, analyze and disseminate information on crimes that have occurred or are suspected to law enforcement, community and government officials.

MATIC is a multi-agency entity that involves the Division of Criminal Investigation, Department of Corrections, Department of Military Affairs, and the Helena Police Department. MATIC has been designated by the Governor’s Office as the state’s fusion center.

MATIC is composed of two separate programs: the Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Critical Infrastructure Protection program. Each program contributes to Montana’s safety by providing critical public safety information to first responders, law enforcement leaders and government officials.

In compliance with Montana law, the Attorney General established an advisory board for MATIC in 2003. The board oversees the Center, ensuring that MATIC adopts, implements and complies with policy regarding safeguarding an individual’s right to privacy.

Contact MATIC:

Bryan Costigan, Section Supervisor
Phone: (406) 444-1314