- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

HILLSBORO, N.D. (AP) - Authorities in eastern North Dakota say a former water district manager swindled more than $100,000 from his employer.

Former Traill County Rural Water District manager Jerome Olson is facing two felony counts of misapplication of entrusted property. He is accused of misappropriating funds over a period of time by manipulating expenditures.

WDAZ-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1QpTLAR) that Olson appeared in court this week for a restitution hearing and to enter a plea. But the hearing ended abruptly after new paperwork suggested Olson had misappropriated over $100,000. Investigators initially said Olson took about $50,000.

Attorney Blake Hankey told WDAZ that he and his client need more time to review the new figure. He said there was no misappropriation of funds and that his client “acted in his due diligence.”

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