The lawmaker who led the legislative inquiry into South Dakota’s immigrant-investor scandal said Friday that his committee lacked information it would have needed to pin blame on the man who now faces criminal charges in the matter.
The lawmaker, state Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, chaired the 2014 hearings conducted by the Government Operations and Audit Committee.
The suspect is Joop Bollen, who is charged with five felonies for allegedly transferring money out of an account his company shared with state government and using it for personal gain, including a purchase of an Egyptian artifact.
Tidemann said his legislative committee lacked information about that particular account, called Indemnification Fund 2.
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