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Published May 01, 2010, 12:04 PM

ND auditor accused of embezzling more than $50K

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — The auditor for New Town has been charged in the disappearance of more than $50,000 in city funds.

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — The auditor for New Town has been charged in the disappearance of more than $50,000 in city funds.

Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson says Tanya Salter is suspected of misapplication of entrusted funds. The 39-year-old New Town woman was arrested Thursday and later released on $2,500 bond.

Halvorson says Salter is accused of failing to deposit money collected from a water salesman at the water plant and taking the money for personal use over a two-year period.

The North Dakota state auditor's office reviewed city accounts as part of the investigation.

A call Saturday to a number listed for Salter rang unanswered.

If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Ward County state's attorney is prosecuting the case.

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