Ho-Chunk tribal member pleads guilty to bribery - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Ho-Chunk tribal member pleads guilty to bribery


MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A Black River Falls man who was a former legislator for the Ho-Chunk Nation pleads guilty in federal court for accepting a bribe.

Clarence Pettibone, 53, made his plea for accepting an $8,000 1989 Pontiac Firebird in 2007 from two members of the Trinity Financial Group.  According to the U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil, Pettibone accepted the vehicle knowing it was intended to influence and reward him for his support of Trinity.

The two people who gave Pettibone the car, Timothy Whiteagle and Deborah Atherton, face charges for their role in the case.  Their trials are set to start in July.

The company, in part to Pettibone's support in the Ho-Chunk Nation legislature, received $250,000 for a housing study.

Sentencing for Pettibone is scheduled for July 23.  He faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison when sentenced.



Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.