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AG won’t pursue charges after audit found misspent funds

December 3, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s attorney general won’t pursue criminal charges against state library employees after an audit found some misallocated funds.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says in a letter to state Auditor Josh Gallion that the issue did not reach a level of “criminal culpability.”

The audit released last month found the library misallocated some funds, including giving nearly $12,500 to two public libraries that were not eligible to get it.

Gallion says he’s obliged to report alleged wrongdoing found in audits to the attorney general’s office, which also is required to investigate under state law.

North Dakota legislative leaders say they aim to fix laws that make mandatory criminal investigations into some audit findings that may be the result of an unintentional mistake.