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North Dakota Department of Commerce exonerated of 2019 alleged state audit violations
Post Date: Apr 21 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce today was found compliant with state law regarding alleged audit violations.
 
The Burleigh County State’s Attorney found no violations of criminal law by Commerce or its employees after thorough review of the reports and North Dakota Century Code.
 
“This is a great day for Commerce, confirming what we have known in our hearts for the last six months, but it’s also a sad day for North Dakota as there was absolutely nothing in the audit report that warranted this kind of wasteful scrutiny that has taken a great deal of emotional and financial toll on those affected,” Kommer said. “The team at the Department of Commerce has persisted and continued to do great work despite this abuse of process, serving as an example of the best of public service. We are pleased with the outcome and are focusing on getting North Dakota’s economy up and running again with the ND Smart Restart plan.”
 
The state’s attorney also reported that there were no facts to support an allegation of any direct or indirect criminal activity, or any direct or indirect benefit to any public servant in the matter.
 
“The Department of Commerce is and has always been focused on supporting businesses and workers across North Dakota, and is even more dedicated to providing assistance and results to the state during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Kommer. “We’ll continue to put the citizens of North Dakota first. I am confident North Dakota’s economy and community connection will emerge even stronger.”
 
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Kommer will be available for interviews at around 4:30 p.m. today at the Capitol after today’s COVID-19 daily press briefing at 3:30 p.m. in the Brynhild Haugland Room.
 
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The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
 
For more North Dakota news and information, go to www.NDCommerce.com.
 
C O N T A C T:
Kim Schmidt   |   701-328-2532
ksschmidt@nd.gov
 
Kayla Jo Finley   |   701-516-5360
kjfinley@nd.gov
Operation Intern ND Smart Restart