The North Dakota State College of Science faces a $46,897 phone bill in a case involving a former men's basketball player accused of using a school-issued calling card for unauthorized calls.
Touhomi Ghazoul, 20, a native of Algeria, is charged with felony theft. The official charges allege that he made ``more than $10,000'' in domestic and international calls.
The Forum said it found new details on the case through an open records request. The college is in a dispute with long-distance carrier AT&T over who should pay the bill.
Science was notified of exceptionally high charges on Sept. 10. The school deactivated its nine school phone cards on Sept. 28, the Forum said.
Since this blog follows a non-discriminatory policy, the fact that the culprit is an Arab was not removed from the above story.