No charges will be filed against NDSCS after investigation

Prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against North Dakota State College of Science officials accused of withholding records from investigators.

Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick said in a letter that there was no proof college President John Richman or vice presidents Tony Gridberg and Dennis Gladen committed crimes of obstructing or misleading state auditors.

Auditor Josh Gallion issued the report earlier this year that focused on management of the school’s career workforce program. It alleged that Tony Grindberg, the school’s vice president of workforce affairs and a former state lawmaker, failed to disclose his wife’s company that was paid $39,500 to formulate a marketing plan for the program.

Burdick said in his letter said the school administrators did not benefit “directly or indirectly” from the “marketing services.” Nor could the state prove Richman or Grindberg “willfully” obstructed or misled the auditor.

Burdick said the fees paid to Gridberg’s wife’s firm “is not a proof of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.”