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Top UND Recruit Pleads Guilty to Felony

North Dakota’s athletics director said he will talk to the school’s hockey staff after learning prized recruit Brandon Bochenski pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated forgery in Anoka County, Minn., on Feb. 26.

“I would like to talk to our hockey staff and make sure [Bochenski's felony] is common knowledge,” UND athletics director Roger Thomas told David La Vaque of the Minnesota Daily. “It’s certainly something that’ll have to be checked out. We run a great program and we want to keep it that way.”

According to the Daily, Bochenski, the leading scorer in the United States Hockey League, and a friend created about 120 sheets of counterfeit $5, $10 and $20 bills with a personal computer last July and used them in the Blaine, Minn., area.

As a part of his guily plea, Bochenski must complete 40 hours of community service in six months, pay an undisclosed amount in restitution and be subjected to random urine tests and Breathalyzers.

Bochenski orally committed to North Dakota after cutting his choices to the Sioux and Minnesota. He told the Daily on Sunday that the Gophers had pulled their scholarship offer after learning of the felony charge. He said he had already chosen North Dakota.


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