The founder of a Los Angeles firm that worked closely with Northern Beef Packers to secure $30 million in financing in 2009 and 2010 said the since-bankrupt Aberdeen packing plant was under the complete control of Joop Bollen and lawyers from the Hanul law firm, James Park, of, Los Angeles and Si-Il Jang, of South Korea.
In addition, David Kang, founder of the Maverick Spade firm, told The Daily Republic that he met then-Gov. Mike Rounds during a meeting in the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre. The meeting was run by Richard Benda, Rounds' cabinet secretary in charge of economic development who died almost a year ago -- Oct. 20, 2013 -- in what officials have ruled a suicide.
In addition to himself, Kang said Benda, Bollen, Park, others from the Hanul law firm and David Palmer, then the CEO of Northern Beef Packers, attended the meeting in the Capitol.
"I'm not sure whose office it was, but Benda was running the meeting," Kang said.
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