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Published September 09, 2010, 05:07 PM

Walsh County Judge Requests Written Arguments in Haugen Case

A Walsh County judge has asked for written arguments from the defense and prosecution in a case against a former Grand Forks stockbroker charged with defrauding Walsh County out of $3.5 million.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A Walsh County judge has asked for written arguments from the defense and prosecution in a case against a former Grand Forks stockbroker charged with de-frauding Walsh County out of $3.5 million.

Ross Haugen is facing 36 felony charges, down from 50, including theft, securities fraud and acting as an unregistered agent in north dakota and minnesota.

His pre-trial began Wednesday morning, and is still pending after over seven hours in court.

The Walsh County State's Attorney's office said they have until September 24 to file their written argument against Haugen.

Officials said this is the first time a document like this has been requested of the state's attorneys office.

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