MADISON, Wis. - A Ho-Chunk tribal member has been convicted of 12 federal charges after prosecutors said he received more than $3 million from companies wanting to do business with the tribe.
A jury found 60-year-old Timothy Whiteagle of Black River Falls guilty Wednesday of all 12 counts. The charges included bribery conspiracy and filing false tax returns.
Prosecutors said Whiteagle worked as a covert lobbyist for several financial companies. He and others were also accused of giving cash and gifts to an elected official in the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Defense attorney Glenn C. Reynolds said Thursday he's not sure the jury understood how Native Americans work together, share things and help one another.
Whiteagle faces up to 111 years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 24.
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