You are here: Home News News Former Tribal Lawmaker Pleads Guilty
Banner

Former Tribal Lawmaker Pleads Guilty

4-11-12

A former Ho-Chunk tribal lawmaker has pleaded guilty to taking part in a large bribery scheme.

53-year-old Clarence Pettibone of Black River Falls could face up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on July 11th in federal court in Madison. Pettibone admitted taking a car and other items in exchange for his vote in 2006 to award a contract for a tribal housing study. A Kentucky management firm got the contract for a quarter-million dollars. Prosecutors said it was part of a scheme in which lobbyist Tim Whiteagle got three-million-dollars from companies wanting to do business with the Ho-Chunk tribe. Pettibone chaired the tribe’s Finance Committee. And Whiteagle and others allegedly gave him cash and numerous gifts for his votes on trial contracts from 2002-through-’09. Authorities said Whiteagle’s girl-friend, Deborah Atherton of Black River Falls, also received money from the deals. Whiteagle and Atherton are both scheduled to go on trial in federal court July 23rd.
(Wheeler News)

 

rsdaily

WWIS RADIO

wwis

WWIS Radio.
The Voice of Black River Country

cbs

tmh-rehab 200x267 fa

Photo Gallery

Contact Us

You may call or email us at the numbers listed.