Former Ho-Chunk Nation legislator sentenced for bribery
Clarence Pettibone sentenced to 5 years in prison
MADISON, Wis. — A former Ho-Chunk Nation legislator was sentenced to five years in federal prison for a bribery scheme.
Prosecutors said Clarence Pettibone had extensive knowledge of a bribery scheme that ran from 2002 to 2009. They said he took $3 million paid by clients from funds they received from the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Pettibone, 53 of Black River Falls, was a former elected legislator of the Ho-Chunk Nation. He pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe in April.
U.S. District Chief Judge William Conley sentenced Pettibone Wednesday and called Pettibone a “corrupt official” who took multiple bribes. Conley said Pettibone violated the trust of the Ho-Chunk Nation and his sentence should send a message that corruption will not be tolerated.
The charges against Pettibone arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.