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Bollen Accused of Diverting over $1M in South Dakota EB5 Funds

An attorney for the man who formerly ran South Dakota's investment-for-visa program says the state is pinning the blame on his client for the scandal.

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During Sunshine Week, How about a Little More Sunshine on the EB-5 Mess?

What did our state government know and when did it know it about Joop Bollen privatizing the state agency that we responsible for the EB-5 program.

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Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds
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Don’t Expect EB-5 Road to Go Through Rounds

The road to clarity about South Dakota’s EB-5 scandal will not run directly through former Gov. Mike Rounds.

That is not saying the same thing as the Republican front-runner for the open U...

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When Candidates Go Too Far – The Restaging of Richard Benda’s Death

Call me skeptical.

I too think the explanation that Richard Benda, one of the key players in the ongoing EB-5 saga here in South Dakota, committed suicide seems difficult to believe...

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
South Dakota Government

S.D. Democrats Call for Subpoenas of Rounds, Daugaard, Other State Leaders Regarding EB-5

SD Democratic leaders called on the legislative Government Operations and Audit Committee to issue numerous subpoenas to high ranking Republican state officials.

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Opportunity Lost or Due Dilligence as State Government Pores Over Benda Case

It has been over 9 months since it was first revealed that improprieties existed regarding the EB-5 program in South Dakota.  Fine details on the wrongs within are slow in coming.

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EB-5 Scandal Still a Tangled Web

On Friday, Governor Dennis Daugaard addressed concerns regarding the possible misappropriation of funds through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley Won’t Open Richard Benda Investigation File

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he will not allow members of the media to review investigative records into the death of a former state economic development director because a family member has not given written permission.

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Jackley: Ex-Official’s Death Was a Suicide

The State Attorney General's office says former South Dakota Tourism and Economic Development Secretary Richard Benda of Sioux Falls died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that no evidence of foul play has been found...

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Former Tourism Head was Hunting When He Died

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) — The brother-in-law of former South Dakota Tourism Secretary Richard Benda says Benda was hunting when he died.

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