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Canada to extradite fashion mogul, UND alum Peter Nygard to U.S. to face charges

Peter Nygard, a 1964 UND graduate, is facing multiple charges of sex trafficking and sexual assault.

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Peter Nygard's Hall of Fame plaque hung on a wall at the UND Center for Innovation as recently as February, 2020. UND says the photos were all recently removed from the walls of the space by the university's art collections group. The removal of the photos was not related to the Nygard allegations. Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — Peter Nygard, a former fashion mogul and UND alumnus will be sent to the United States from Canada to face charges of sex trafficking and racketeering.

The announcement of the extradition was made on Twitter by David Lametti, Canada’s minister of justice and attorney general, Tuesday, March 22. Lametti said the extradition would happen after criminal proceedings against Nygard in Canada have been completed.

“It is important that our Canadian legal process is completed so that all parties, including victims, have an opportunity to see justice served,” Lametti said.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the Southern District of New York, Nygard was taken into custody in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Dec. 14, 2020, after U.S officials requested a provisional arrest warrant per the extradition treaty between the two countries.

Nygard was indicted on nine counts of racketeering, sex trafficking and related crimes that allegedly took place over several years and involved “dozens of victims in the United States, the Bahamas and Canada, among other locations.” In Canada, Nygard is being held on multiple charges of sexual assault and forcible confinement, according to an ABC report earlier this year.

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Nygard had previously agreed to be extradited to the U.S., though the final call in that matter was up to Lametti. Nygard maintains his innocence. He is being detained in Toronto, Ontario.

Nygard graduated from UND in 1964, and set up his fashion company Nygard International in 1967. He stepped down from his position as chairman after the FBI executed a search warrant at his company’s New York office in 2020.

Previously, the Herald reported that Nygard set up a scholarship in his name with the UND Alumni Association & Foundation in 1990. That scholarship has been put on hold pending the outcome of the verdicts in legal cases against him.

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