Democratic Lawmakers Call For Officials To Testify About EB-5 Program

Democratic Lawmakers Call For Officials To Testify About EB-5 Program


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers are asking the governor and three other men to testify under oath and in person about an investment-for-green-card program.

Sen. Larry Lucas and Rep. Bernie Hunhoff on Tuesday called for testimony at the Sept. 24 Government Operations & Audit Committee meeting.

The EB-5 visa program is under scrutiny over allegations of financial misconduct at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. A state audit found that before Richard Benda left his job as head of economic development in 2010, he tacked on an extra $550,000 to a grant to help an Aberdeen beef plant.

Invitations are going to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, former Gov. Mike Rounds, Aberdeen lawyer Jeff Sveen and Joop Bollen.

The committee asked Daugaard to submit written answers, and his office said he would.

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