Stronger penalties sought for petition fraud in ND

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 12:06 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bill drafted at the request of North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger would greatly increase the punishment for petition fraud in the state.

The bill is prompted by an election scandal last year involving 11 people, including eight North Dakota State University football players. The petition fraud kept two measures off the November ballot, including one dealing with the proposed legalization of medical marijuana.

The Forum newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/Vzrz0y ) that Jaeger's proposal would raise the penalty for falsifying names and information on a ballot measure petition from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony. The maximum punishment would go from a year in jail and a $2,000 fine to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Lawmakers have not taken any action on the bill.

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Information from: The Forum, http://www.in-forum.com

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