North Dakota State University President investigated for public records tampering
The North Dakota Attorney General's office has confirmed that it received a request to have Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem investigate NDSU President Dean Bresciani for the felony offense of public records tampering.
A letter to Stenhejem says more than 45,000 emails were deleted from Bresciani's account after the Legislative Council made a request for them on April 29th. Some of the emails went back to 2010.
In a statement from NDSU's Assistant Vice President, Laura McDaniel states that President Bresciani did not delete 45,000 emails on April 29th and they a are looking into the matter.
It also says that they fully comply with open records requests and will cooperate with any investigation.
Some lawmakers are looking into Bresciani's possible role in the resignation of North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. They believe Bresciani and other North Dakota college presidents were working to undermine the chancellor.
North Dakota law says it's a felony for a public official to "destroy, conceal or remove" a government record without lawful authority. It's punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
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