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Three men accused of financial crimes while employed at North Dakota banks

FARGO (KVRR) – A federal grand jury has indicted three Beulah, N.D. men for engaging in financial crimes while employed at North Dakota banks in Beulah and Glen Ullin. Acting U.S. Attorney Nick Chase says 34 year-old Brady Daniel Torgerson is charged with bank fraud, misapplication of bank funds, making false entries in bank records, and aggravated identity theft. Sixty-year-old…

Substitute teacher pleads guilty to sextortion charges

Mitchell OttingerST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Federal prosecutors say a Carver County man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a years-long sextortion scheme. Twenty-five-year-old Mitchell Ottinger, a former substitute teacher and paraprofessional, engaged in a scheme to obtain sexually explicit images and videos of minors and adults by using false online personas.  Ottinger threatened to distribute the images and…

Top North Dakota Democrats ask Biden to nominate Schneider

Rep. Josh Boschee, Sen. Joan Heckaman, Mac SchneiderFARGO (KVRR) – North Dakota’s highest ranking Democrats have formally requested President Biden to nominate Fargo attorney Mac Schneider as the state’s next chief federal prosecutor. State House Minority Leader Josh Boschee of Fargo and Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman of New Rockford co-signed a letter telling Biden that Schneider is “greatly respected…

Wrigley discusses death penalty moratorium, national security issues before departure

FARGO (KVRR) – The only person nominated twice as North Dakota’s chief federal prosecutor has officially stepped down. Wrigley’s highest profile case was the 2006 prosecution of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who remains on death row for the murder of Dru Sjodin. Wrigley was asked about President Biden’s plans to possibly place a moratorium on federal executions. “I start off from…

U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley resigns effective Feb. 28

FARGO (KVRR) – North Dakota U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley submitted his resignation to President Biden Tuesday. Wrigley’s resignation is effective Feb. 28, which is the date Biden expects many of President Trump’s appointees to step down. Wrigley has served as U.S. Attorney for a combined total of ten years, and is the only North Dakotan to have been twice presidentially…

U.S. Attorney & Other Officials To Make Announcement In Grafton Officer Shooting

Officer Lucas Campoverde was injured earlier this month in an exchange of gunfire

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney and other officials have an announcement planned in the shooting of Grafton Police Officer Lucas Campoverde. They’ll hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 10 outside the U.S. Courthouse in Grand Forks. Campoverde was injured earlier this month in an exchange of gunfire with 37-year-old Ruben Cruz of Bottineau who was wanted…

Bismarck Man Facing Multiple Sex Crime Charges Against 15 Minors

All 15 alleged victims were females in their early teens with each case being a separate incident.

FARGO, N.D. — The U.S. Attorney for North Dakota says 21-year-old Dawson Rouse of Bismarck is facing 27 federal indictments of sexual exploitation of children, the corrosion of sexual exploitation of minors and the creation and transfer of obscene material involving minors. All 15 alleged victims were females in their early teens with each case being a separate incident. With…

Fargo Police Investigating Crash Involving U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo Police says it’s investigating a crash involving U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley. It happened last Thursday. Authorities say the former Lt. Governor and another person exchanged information at the scene. Now the other person wants to file a crash report. Fargo Police says in a statement in part, quote, “We will conduct this investigation…