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Published September 07, 2012, 02:25 PM

15 Charged in North Dakota Voter Fraud Case

FARGO – Charges have been filed against 15 people in connection with petition drives involving two initiated measures that now have been barred from the November election ballot in North Dakota, the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office said this morning.

FARGO – Charges have been filed against 15 people in connection with petition drives involving two initiated measures that now have been barred from the November election ballot in North Dakota, the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office said this morning.

The 15 were charged with violating state law by signing a name other than that person's own name to an initiative, referendum, recall or other election petition.

The individuals are:

Lucas Albers, Aireal Boyd, Don Carter, Joshua Colville, Joshua Gatlin, Demetrius Gray, DJ McNorton, Sam Ojuri, Brendin Pierre, Antonio Rodgers, Bryan Shepherd, Charles (C.J.) Smith, Marcus Williams, Jennifer Krahn, and William Brown.

Albers, Williams, Pierre, Colville, Ojuri, Boyd, Rodgers, Shepherd, Smith and Gray are all current members of the North Dakota State University Bison football team.

Gatlin, McNorton, and Carter are former members of the team.

The charges are Class A misdemeanors that carry potential maximum penalties of a year in jail and fines of up to $2,000.

All of those charged have been summoned to appear in Cass County District Court on Oct. 2.

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