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May 16, 2023

Posted  May 16, 2023

Randall Judge Phelan, a former Tribal government official, will spend 5 years in prison for soliciting bribes and kickbacks from a contractor providing construction services on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the home of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. For approximately 8 years, from 2013 to 2020, Phelan solicited and accepted bribes and kickbacks totaling more than $645,000. In exchange, Phelan helped the contractor’s business by awarding millions of dollars in contracts, fabricating bids, advocating for the contractor with other Tribal officials, and facilitating the submission and payment of fraudulent invoices. DOJ, USAO ND

Tagged in: Bribery and Bid-Rigging, Government Procurement Fraud,