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MEETING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS
August 28, 2014
At the time notice of the city’s regular meeting was prepared, the auditor was unaware of any specific topics the Churchs Ferry city council anticipated discussing at the meeting. Under the circumstances, the city’s use of the general phrases “old business” and “new business” in the meeting notice did not violate the law.
Read the Opinion: 2014-O-11

EMAILS ON PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT ARE PUBLIC RECORDS
August 22, 2014
Emails that relate to the public business of a government agency are public records subject to disclosure even if the emails are sent using a personal email account that the entity did not direct the employee to create. The ND Department of Public Instruction violated the law when it failed to produce all records in response to a request.
Read the Opinion: 2014-O-10

ANOTHER PHISHING SCAM
August 8, 2014
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is alerting North Dakota residents about yet another phishing scam. The consumer protection division was notified that local customers of Verendrye Electric Cooperative in Minot have received phone messages claiming there is an unpaid balance due and services would be disconnected unless payment was made immediately. “This scam is yet another blatant attempt by thieves to steal consumers’ credit card numbers and personal information,” Stenehjem said. More

GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL MATTERS ARE PUBLIC BUSINESS
August 8, 2014
The Belfield city council violated the law during an executive session held to consult with its attorney on potential liability concerns when the council also discussed general personnel issues including the process to terminate an officer, and also when the council took final action during the closed session voting to terminate the officer.
Read the Opinion: 2014-O-09

ATTORNEY CONSULTATION NOT SUFFICIENT REASON FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION
August 8, 2014
The city of Crosby violated the law when it claimed “attorney consultation” as the reason for holding an executive session, but did not seek or receive advice from its attorney regarding any pending or anticipated litigation. The city also violated the law because it failed to follow the proper procedure to hold an executive session and took final action in the executive session.
Read the Opinion: 2014-O-08

FAKE IRS PHONE CALLS CLAIM VICTIM
August 7, 2014
A man from Wahpeton, ND, reported that earlier this week he lost almost $9,000 when he responded to a threatening voice mail message left by someone claiming to be from the “Legal Affairs office” at the IRS. More
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem first warned about this scam in June.

 

 


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