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Published August 16, 2010, 10:49 AM

Labor Commissioner Probe

New Labor Commissioner Tony Weiler was questioned by North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation for using office telephones for personal calls when he worked at the Labor Department in the 1990s.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - New Labor Commissioner Tony Weiler was questioned by North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation for using office telephones for personal calls when he worked at the Labor Department in the 1990s.

The Associated Press obtained records of the probe. Gov. John Hoeven appointed Weiler as labor commissioner last week.

Hoeven's staff attorney says Weiler should have disclosed the problem. Weiler says he learned from the incident.

The 1995 investigation focused on then-Labor Commissioner Craig Hagen's telephone and travel records. Weiler and Hagen's secretary were also interviewed about making personal calls on state phones.

Weiler says he reimbursed the state for long-distance costs for his personal calls.

No charges were filed but the Burleigh County prosecutor says the investigation disclosed "extremely unprofessional" conduct.

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