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Published September 13, 2013, 11:15 AM

No liability for Grand Forks County in guardian case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A jury says the former public administrator for Grand Forks County was negligent in handling the estate of an elderly woman in 2011 but that her misdeeds caused no damages.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A jury says the former public administrator for Grand Forks County was negligent in handling the estate of an elderly woman in 2011 but that her misdeeds caused no damages.

That means the county is not liable for damages in the lawsuit brought by 86-year-old Faith Krueger seeking $250,000 — the amount she says disappeared while she was a ward of the county.

The Grand Forks Herald reports Thursday's outcome was similar to the Aug. 30 verdict by a different jury in a twin lawsuit against the county brought by 77-year-old Paul Veum. He also claimed that Barbara Zavala took or mishandled his assets while he was a ward of the county in 2011. That jury found no damages.

Zavala herself is under investigation but hasn't been criminally charged.

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