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SD Is The 49th On The Integrity Scale
House Bill 1076 is one of those measures. Conceptually it does answer the crying need for some sort of accountability enforcement structure in state government, a need highlighted in recent years by the twin and tragic (suicides and murders were left in their wakes) fiascoes of EB-5 and Gear-Up. The first involved investment money from foreigners seeking American residency, costing the state more than $100 million according to the Center for Immigration Studies. The second was a badly managed educational opportunities program that diverted millions of dollars from its intended recipients. Since then it has become clear that SD Government needs oversight, needs it badly, and needs it now. The Center For Public Integrity ranks us 49th on the integrity scale, a status that became disturbingly obvious during the state legislature's kid glove investigation of the EB-5 mess, in which the chief perp Joop Bollen wasn't pressed personally, but allowed to provide written answers to written questions. That joke of an official examination was at least partially ameliorated in recent weeks when SD Attorney General Marty Jackley successfully prosecuted Bollen, gaining a felony conviction for at least one aspect of Bollen's involvement in the EB-5 money machine.
Bollen's conviction still leaves so many questions unanswered, questions about how and
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