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FBI agent says informant in Midwest militia case was paid about $31K for his work
DETROIT (AP) ' An FBI agent says an undercover informant was paid about $31,000 in cash for his critical role in the investigation of a Midwest militia.
Agent Leslie Larsen says Dan Murray was paid for time and expenses while meeting and training with members of a group called Hutaree.
Seven members are on trial in Detroit federal court, charged with conspiring to rebel against the United States.
Murray's secret recordings of conversations with the Hutaree are evidence in the case.
Larsen was the first witness Tuesday after a two-day series of opening statements from lawyers who are defending the militia members.
Larsen says the informant also received about $13,000 for his work before the Hutaree probe. Prosecutors claim Hutaree members were preparing to wage war against the government. The defendants deny it.