Unless you’ve just crawled out from under a rock, you are likely familiar with the latest chapter in the filthy soap opera starring Missouri’s disgusting political class in the State Capitol. In a nutshell, family values Governor Eric Greitens had a freaky extramarital affair with his married hairdresser during which he reportedly tied her to an exercise machine (I picture a dusty Bowflex) and snapped nude pictures intended to be used to keep her quiet.
KMOV recently reported that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner paid over $10,000 (public tax dollars I assume) to a Michigan private investigator to dig up the proverbial dirt on Greitens.
Gardner on Tuesday confirmed that her office hired a private company, Enterra LLC of Michigan, to perform the investigation that led to the indictment, rather than relying on St. Louis police. Dowd said an open records request revealed the company has already been paid at least $10,000. Ryan said she did not immediately have updated information on the amount paid to Enterra.
Read the contract with Enterra here: 5a95ec576829b.pdf
Here’s the problem:
Private investigators in Missouri are required by state statute to be licensed in the State of Missouri. Professional licensure is overseen by the Board of Private Investigator and Private Fire Investigator Examiners. This is a group of Missouri P.I.s whose main goal is to limit access to the marketplace, limit competition, and keep prices high for the consumer.
Title XXII OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS
324.1104. Prohibited acts. — Unless expressly exempted from the provisions of sections 324.1100 to 324.1148:
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the private investigator business or carry out a private fire investigation in this state unless such person is licensed as a private investigator or private fire investigator under sections 324.1100 to 324.1148;
(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in business in this state as a private investigator agency or private fire investigator agency unless such person is licensed under sections 324.1100 to 324.1148.
(L. 2007 H.B. 780 merged with S.B. 308, A.L. 2011 H.B. 464)
The Board of Private Investigators website has a handy search function. We’ve searched the site six ways to Sunday and can’t find Enterra anywhere. Click the link above and try for yourself.