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Two Foster County officials arrested on felony charges

Two Foster County, N.D., officials have been arrested and face multiple felony charges.

Roger Schlotman, Foster County auditor, and James Carr, Foster County Board of Commissioners chairman, both face multiple felony charges for crimes related to the county’s property, records and finances, according to court documents.

Schlotman’s alleged crimes occurred between June 2011 and September 2013, and Carr’s were between September 2011 and September 2013.

A number of people had questioned actions in Foster County Commission meetings, which prompted the Foster County state’s attorney to contact the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said Kathleen Murray, assistant Foster County state’s attorney.

“The initial investigation BCI did on these specific allegations were at least a year ago … as early back as at least July or August 2012,” she said.

On Nov. 6, BCI executed search warrants at the Foster County Auditor’s Office and conducted interviews at the Foster County Courthouse in Carrington.

Also on Nov. 6, Schlotman gave a handwritten resignation to Murray, she said.

She did not know if the County Commission had made a decision on whether to approve the resignation. The commission’s last meeting was Nov. 5.

“As far as what his letter said, (the resignation) was effective immediately,” Murray said.

Murray works full time as the Wells County state’s attorney and usually only assists Foster County with conflicting cases, like this one, she said.

Similarly, the state’s attorney contacted BCI first, instead of Foster County sheriff, because the investigation involved county employees, Murray said.

The case is still an open investigation, and Murray said she did not know if there would be further charges.