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Forum staff reports, Published July 24 2013

Authorities seek three ex-Bison in fraud case

FARGO – An arrest warrant has been issued for another former North Dakota State University football player accused of skipping out on his court-ordered community service sentence.

Don Carter, 21, was sentenced to serve 50 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to a single count of Class A misdemeanor petition fraud. He is accused of failing to complete the community service by the deadline set by the court.

An arrest warrant for Carter was issued Tuesday by Judge Wickham Corwin after Carter failed to appear for a hearing at which he was ordered to explain his alleged failure to complete his community service.

Carter and 14 others were accused of faking signatures on two petition forms for ballot initiatives last summer. Thirteen of the 15 were current or former Bison football players.

All 15 pleaded guilty last fall to an election offense and were sentenced to a deferred imposition of sentence, 360 days of unsupervised probation, 50 hours of community service and a fine of $325 or $350.

In a deferred imposition, the charge is removed from a defendant’s public record if probation is completed successfully and there are no new criminal offenses.

Arrest warrants have also been issued for two other former Bison players for allegedly skipping their community service: Aireal Boyd and D.J. McNorton. The warrant for Boyd was issued July 17. The warrant for McNorton was issued in May.