SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is considering filing a lawsuit to recover $550,000 meant to go to a beef plant involved in an investment-for-green-card program.
A private lawyer has been working for months to determine whether the state can reclaim the money.
The EB-5 visa program is under scrutiny in South Dakota because of allegations of financial misconduct at the Governor's Office of Economic Development. A state audit found that before Richard Benda left his job as head of economic development in 2010, he tacked on an extra $550,000 to a grant to help the beef plant.
Attorney General Marty Jackley has said the same amount was improperly diverted to SDRC Inc., Benda's new employer and administrator of the EB-5 program. Benda died in October.