PEEVER, S.D. — A former contracting company owner in far northeast South Dakota will spend seven years in federal prison for his role in a bribery scheme that involved at least two other men.
John Thomas German Jr., 37, of Peever, S.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann in federal court in Aberdeen and will self-report for his prison term at a date to be determined, the South Dakota’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said this week.
In the scheme, German is convicted of bribing Daniel Thomas White about three years ago for a contract to do dirt work on an elderly low-income housing project for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe.
White had been serving as director of Dakota Nations Development Corp., which established a limited partnership to pursue low-income housing tax credits to help finance the elderly village complex on tribal land. The tribe committed about $3 million to