North Dakota government prosecutors to abruptly resign are both associated with Vogel Law Firm

Vogel Law Firm representing Boardwalk Enterprises in loan-fraud money-laundering scheme

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Two top government prosecutors that recently announced their resignation from high level positions in North Dakota are linked to Vogel Law Firm – the law office that is representing Boardwalk Enterprises.

In December, 2014, Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte abruptly announced he would be resigning from his position to go into private practice with Vogel Law firm. He also withdrew his application for a judgeship, which he had only recently submitted.

On February 10, 2015, Tim Purdon, the United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota announced he was resigning his position to go into private practice. Before being appointed to his U.S. Attorney position, Purdon was a partner in the Vogel Law Firm.

Both attorneys are associated with Vogel Law Firm – Vogel is representing the shadowy group, Boardwalk Enterprises, amidst their involvement in a massive loan-fraud money-laundering scheme.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

December, 2013 – Timothy Charles Holmseth, investigative journalist/author, wrote a letter to the Minnesota State Auditor and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to report the City of East Grand Forks for corruption and fraud and requested an audit.

April 30, 2014 – The Grand Forks Herald reported ‘$510,000 loan from City of East Grand Forks to Boardwalk Enterprises goes unpaid for 10 years’. The scandal broke as result of an audit.

May 7, 2014 – David Murphy, administrator, City of EGF, told WDAZ that city officials met with “representatives” of “Boardwalk Enterprises” and their “attorney”. The closed door meeting was held at the private office of EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad (as opposed to EGF City Hall).

June 3, 2014 – EGF City Council voted to hire an outside attorney, Brad Sinclair, to represent the City regarding the unpaid loan issue with Boardwalk Enterprises. The decision was made to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest with Ronald Galstad.

July 17, 2014 – Timothy Charles Holmseth files a deprivation of rights lawsuit in federal court – Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al.

August 1, 2014 – The Grand Forks Herald reports they have received a letter that Vogel Law Firm is representing Boardwalk Enterprises.

August 25, 2014 – Timothy Charles Holmseth reports the City of EGF to the Department of Justice – National Department for Disaster Fraud.

December, 2014, Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte announced he would be resigning from his position to go into private practice with Vogel Law firm.

February 10, 2015, Tim Purdon, the United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota announced he was resigning his position to go into private practice. Before being appointed to his U.S. Attorney position, Purdon was a partner in the Vogel Law Firm.

 

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