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Former N.D. workers' compensation director won't serve prison time but must pay fines and perform 1,000 hours of community service

Former workers' compensation director Charles "Sandy" Blunt was given a deferred sentenced this afternoon for misusing funds at the agency.

The judge ordered him to a two-year sentence with deferred imposition, meaning Blunt won't spend time in prison if he meets terms of his release.

The sentence also calls for Blunt to pay a $2,000 fine, $750 in fees and perform 1,000 hours of community service.

He was not ordered to pay restitution.

South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick handed down the sentence as a result of Blunt's conviction in December on two felony counts of misapplication of entrusted property, one of which could have resulted in a 10-year sentence.

Blunt was executive director and CEO of Workforce Safety and Insurance from mid-2004 to December 2007, when he was forced out under pressure from Gov. John Hoeven.

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