2 ND initiatives rejected, petition fraud allegedBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Eight players on North Dakota State University's football team face charges of petition fraud.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Eight players on North Dakota State University's football team face charges of petition fraud.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says two citizen initiatives won't make it onto the November ballot because hundreds of signatures on the initiative petitions were bogus.
The measures sought to set up a state fund for conservation projects, and make marijuana use legal for medical treatment.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says many of the petition signatures were copied from phone books or simply made up.
Eleven people face misdemeanor fraud charges for making false statements when circulating the petitions.
Eight are NDSU football players, including four starters — running back Sam Ojuri (oh-JURE’-ee), defensive backs Marcus Williams and Brendin Pierre and offensive lineman Josh Colville.
The players were hired at $9 an hour to gather signatures.