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Associated Press, Published November 09 2013

Foster County officials facing felony charges

FESSENDEN, N.D. — Two county officials in North Dakota are facing charges related to the alleged misuse of county property and records.

Foster County auditor Roger Schlotman and Board of Commissioners chairman James Carr are charged with misapplications of entrusted property and tampering with public records, a county prosecutor said Friday.

The charges involve about $14,000 in missing Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to the county, KVLY-TV reported. The men are also accused of doctoring minutes from commission meetings.

Wells County State's Attorney Kathleen Murray, who serves as a prosecutor in Foster County, said in a news release that Schlotman offered to resign after he was served with the criminal complaint.

Murray said the charges came as a result of an investigation by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The Grand Forks Herald reports that Murray contacted the BCI after several people had questioned actions taken at Foster County commission meetings.

Schlotman and Carr could not be reached for comment. They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 4.

Murray said no further information would be made available because of the ongoing investigation.