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Ho-Chunk tribal member convicted of bribery, tax violations

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A member of the Ho-Chunk Indian tribe is scheduled to be sentenced October 24th for taking over $3 million 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 ATM 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. 

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