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Published July 02, 2010, 04:28 PM

Man in group told to stop ND soliciting arrested

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The representative of a group ordered by the state to stop seeking donations for a public library system in Liberia has been arrested.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Naboth (NAY-bawth) Zondo was arrested Friday in Fargo on charges of credit card fraud and identity theft out of Maryland.

Hours earlier, Stenehjem issued a cease-and-desist order against the Liberian Center for Growth and Development. The attorney general says the center is registered in Ohio as a nonprofit, but has been trying to raise money in North Dakota without state approval.

Stenehjem's order says the group falsely claimed that Gov. John Hoeven and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would attend a fundraiser.

Prior to his arrest, Zondo denied any wrongdoing.