SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Democratic lawmakers are calling on a legislative committee to issue subpoenas for Gov. Dennis Daugaard, former Gov. Mike Rounds and others involved in the state’s program that administered an investment-for-green-card program.
Lawmakers say the Government Operations and Audit Committee should issue the subpoenas to seek answers regarding 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 that office in 2010, he tacked on an extra $550,000 to a grant agreement to help a struggling beef plant. A report from Attorney General Marty Jackley showed the same amount was improperly diverted to SDRC Inc., Benda’s new employer.
SDRC administered the state’s investment-for-green-card program.
Benda committed suicide in October.
Both governors are Republican.