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Head of N.D. comp provider charged


BISMARCK, N.D.-Prosecutors on Wednesday filed felony charges against Sandy Blunt, the chief executive officer of North Dakota's Workforce Safety and Insurance, which is the state's monopoly provider of workers compensation coverage.

The Burleigh County State's Attorney office in Bismarck also charged Romi Leingang, manager of WSI's special investigation unit, with conspiracy to disclose confidential information.

Mr. Blunt is charged with two counts of misapplication of entrusted property and conspiracy to commit disclosure of confidential information, said Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Feland.

The charges stem from allegations that Mr. Blunt used WSI money to make purchases not allowed by statute and paid bonuses to employees in amounts exceeding a statutory maximum, Ms. Feland said.

WSI's board of directors issued a statement saying its members believe Ms. Leingang and Mr. Blunt are innocent and will be exonerated. But they have been placed on paid administrative leave while their cases work their way through the legal system.

An attorney for Ms. Leingang said she is innocent, and an attorney for Mr. Blunt did not return a telephone call.