Hochhalter Throws Hat in the Ring for U.S. Attorney

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(AP) — A longtime federal prosecutor in the city of Bismarck has formally applied for the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota.

60-year-old Criminal Chief Clare Hochhalter has served at the office since 1988.

He says he would like to continue to emphasize national security and prosecuting violent crimes, corruption and white collar crime in the state as U.S. attorney.

Hochhalter recently led the prosecution of a Jamaican lottery scam case. Fourteen people have been charged with bilking 90 mostly elderly U.S. residents out of $5.7 million.

This comes after current U.S. Attorney Chris Myers took himself out of consideration for the position last week.

The position, which Hochhalter applied for Monday, is also being sought by former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley.

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