Audit

Legislature Aims to Fix Audit Law Requiring Criminal Probe

Gallion says he's not opposed to making some "adjustments'' in the law.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota legislative leaders say they will fix laws that require criminal investigations into some audit findings that may be the result of an unintentional mistake. Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner calls it an “issue that needs to be resolved.” Wardner says the solution could be as easy as amending language within existing laws to allow for more…

North Dakota Asks South Dakota to Help with Agency Probe

Stenehjem says he wants an investigator who has no knowledge of the agency to conduct a probe.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has asked South Dakota authorities to help investigate an agency that allegedly violated state law on contract bidding. Auditor Joshua Gallion released a report last month that said the Department of Commerce violated the law on bidding uncompetitive contracts totaling more than $87,000 for the state’s new “Be Legendary” logo. The logo sparked…

Charges Against College Officials Declined after Audit

Auditor Josh Gallion issued the audit earlier this year.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Prosecutors won’t pursue criminal charges against North Dakota State College of Science officials accused by the state auditor of withholding records from investigators. Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick says in a letter that there was no proof college President John Richman or vice presidents Tony Gridberg and Dennis Gladen committed crimes of obstructing or misleading state auditors. Auditor…

Ex-Treasurer of Bismarck Charity Accused of Theft

The felony theft charge carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The former treasurer of a Bismarck charity focused on helping children is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the organization. Fifty-one-year-old Kathryn Artlip was charged Thursday with stealing $10,000 from Bisman Stiletto over three years. The felony theft charge carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison if convicted. Police say a third-party accountant conducted an audit…

Audit Shows Lapse in PSC Bonding Protection

State Auditor Josh Gallion says state law requires agencies to maintain a bond that essentially acts as insurance.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A state audit shows the North Dakota Public Service Commission had a 17-month bonding lapse, which left the agency vulnerable to potential theft. State Auditor Josh Gallion says state law requires agencies to maintain a bond that essentially acts as insurance should an employee embezzle or commit theft, while the legal case against the worker makes its way through…

University System Didn’t Rebid Some Contracts

Gallion says without formal bids, the University System missed out on competitive pricing and potentially "the best deal.''

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ An audit of the North Dakota University System found its information technology arm didn’t seek formal bidding for several contracts totaling about $3.2 million. State Auditor Joshua Gallion released the audit Tuesday that covered a two-year span ending in June 2018. Gallion tells the Bismarck Tribune the noncompliant contracts, mostly for software, essentially were renewed after…