North Dakota man accused of kickback scheme on reservation

Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) November 2011

A North Dakota man is accused in federal court of accepting kickbacks for housing contracts on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Michael Addington is charged with two counts, including conspiracy to commit fraud, theft and bribery with programs receiving federal funds. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say Addington used his position with the Standing Rock Housing Authority to help a construction company in Fort Pierre, S.D., receive new projects.

Court documents show that Addington gave information from sealed bids that allowed the company to underbid the competition.

Addington’s attorney, Michael Hoffman, and U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon declined to comment.

Trial is scheduled for Jan. 3 in Bismarck.