MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge has sentenced a Ho-Chunk tribal member to 10 years behind bars for bribery.
U.S. District Judge William Conley also sentenced 61-year-old Timothy Whiteagle, of Black River Falls, to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $162,854 to the Internal Revenue Service.
Federal prosecutors say Whiteagle served as a consultant for businesses looking to provide check cashing and ATMs at the tribe's casinos and tribal mortgages.
They say he gave gifts to tribal legislator Clarence Pettibone, who in turn steered contracts toward Whiteagle's clients.
Whiteagle's attorney says the sentence was too harsh and federal prosecutors should have let the tribe handle the case.
Pettibone was sentenced to five years in prison in July.
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