(8/2/12) A member of the Ho-Chunk Indian tribe is scheduled to be sentenced October 24th for taking over three-million dollars in a bribery scheme.
A federal court jury in Madison convicted 60-year-old Tim Whiteagle of Black River Falls after an eight-day trial on bribery and tax violations. Prosecutors said Whiteagle was a lobbyist for companies that provided A-T-M and check-cashing services at Ho-Chunk casinos, and for a business that wanted to provide housing and mortgages to tribal members. Officials said Whiteagle and others gave former Ho-Chunk legislator Clarence Pettibone cash and numerous gifts in exchange for his votes on tribal contracts from 2002-through-'09. Pettibone was sentenced last month to five years in prison for his role in the scheme.