- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - A woman who once operated the state Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle office in Wahpeton is accused of financial misconduct.

Authorities allege that 72-year-old Catherine Muehler can’t account for $100,000 owed to the state. She’s charged with felony misapplication of entrusted property, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Court documents don’t list an attorney for her and she did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.

The Motor Vehicle branch offices aren’t run by the state but by independent contractors. The Wahpeton office was closed last May due to what officials said was a breach of contract. A new office opened in July in the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce.

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