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State finalizes settlement after DCI head ordered to court

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the state has finalized a settlement with a former Division of Criminal Investigation agent after a federal judge ordered the agency's director to appear in court over it.

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) - The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the state has finalized a settlement with a former Division of Criminal Investigation agent after a federal judge ordered the agency's director to appear in court over it.

The office says DCI Director Bryan Gortmaker first got the compromise agreement Friday and the paperwork was finalized Monday. Judge Charles Kornmann on Friday had ordered Gortmaker to explain why the court shouldn't enforce the $1.5 million agreement and order immediate payment to former DCI agent Laura Zylstra Kaiser.

A jury backed her claim in December and Kornmann's order says payment was set for April.

A new colleague joined Zylstra Kaiser on a drug task force in 2011. She says he soon began making inappropriate comments. She complained to superiors, got a bad review and a demotion. She eventually quit.

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