North Dakota lawmaker accused of theft says he’s not guilty

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A state lawmaker from southeastern North Dakota who’s accused of misdemeanor theft in Bottineau County says he’s surprised by the charge and believes it’s fabricated.

Republican Sen. Jason Heitkamp, of Wahpeton, tells The Associated Press he was in Bottineau earlier this week to retrieve some of his belongings from his former girlfriend and did not steal anything.

He says he has been served with a summons but had not seen a copy of the complaint.

Heitkamp says he does not yet have an attorney. His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 2.

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