Eight NDSU football players facing fraud charges

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  • Updated: September 5, 2012 - 5:57 PM
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reader8Sep. 5, 12 8:07 AM

The coach doesn't suspend them because he and the AD determine that fraud (lying, stealing and cheating) are not as serious of an offense as previous players experienced and therefore were suspended. Coach, terrible message you are sending. Could it be due to a big game coming up this weekend and the fact you get bonuses for number of wins? Pathetic show of leadership.

ndsulakesSep. 5, 12 9:32 AM

Star tribune NDSU has 11 MINNESOTA starters on this national championship team, where have your sports reporters been? You slap this on front page, but where's the articles about this REGIONAL team? It's a petition fraud, not voter fraud, i put Kirby Puckett on every stupid petition I see. This is much ado about nothing.

garagewineSep. 5, 1211:15 AM

Yep, they're really running a tight ship up there.

readerbewareSep. 5, 12 1:29 PM

First of all these players aren't GUILTY of anything until they are charged and convicted by the law. Second, it was a freaking petition, PETITION, for something that should be legal and highly taxed.

minnesotakrpSep. 5, 12 2:41 PM

The document has zero to do with the issue. The signature of each player certifying under oath that each name was genuine and collected appropriately is the issue. Fraud is a crime. conspiracy to commit fraud is a crime. These Einsteins didn't all independently decide to commit fraud -- it clearly was orhestrated. Reporting hours worked for collecting signatures when in fact, the signatures were falsidied and in all probability, so was the time reported at doing the work. That's theft. NDSU also missed the point, thinking another form of misdemeanor, like DUI or theft, would warrant immediate action. Well, this case is about theft of wages not earned, deprivation of the petitioner's chances to get on the ballot, lying, cheating, and basically gross acts of stupidity. The present inaction is no deterrence to future acts of stupidity. For Bohls, the biggest disappointment has to be the true character of these players coming to the forefront. Men who are leaders and of good character don't conspire to sit around ripping of an employer and signing paperwork attesting to the validity of their work when the work was a lie. This wasn't a prank. These were crimes that appear to be of no concern to NDSU or viewed as inconsequential. Up to a year in jail and 2000 fine -- that's more time than a DUI will get them for first offense, or misdemeanor assault. And since when did a university take on defending its own criminals? These players need to buy their own legal defenses.

jhruby1Sep. 5, 12 2:54 PM

Bison Pride!

mollymcguireSep. 5, 12 4:55 PM

Throw away the key!

mahogma66Sep. 6, 12 4:00 PM

ndsulakers: If I want to read about NDSU football,I'll get a Fargo newspaper. I suggest you do the same.

grandmajSep. 7, 1212:51 PM

Signing someone else's name to a document declared LEGAL is FRAUD. Punishable. Like taking someone's check book is not the same as adding something to their grocery list. Those that condone behaviors like these are just as guilty in crimes of others. And you wonder why voter fraud is questioned when you have people posted and admitting they do it as well.

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