The raffle-scam noose tightens on fake U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth.

When Bosworth and husband Chad Haber cooked up their scheme to spend 85% of the proceeds from their first land raffle to buy another chunk of land for a second land raffle, her non-profit submitted the proper paperwork to the Secretary of State to request permission to conduct this game of chance.

However, Bosworth and Haber may not have followed up on their legal obligation to notify the governing body of the place where they intended to hold the drawing (assuming they intended to hold a drawing, a big if, given that the drawing was postponed from fall 2013 to July 15, 2013, and never happened). SDCL 22-25-25(6) reads in part as follows:

...However, any organization that conducts a lottery and tickets or shares for such lottery are sold state-wide shall provide written notice of such lottery pursuant to this subdivision only to the secretary of state and to the governing body where the drawing for such lottery is held....

Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth tells me he has no recollection that his county received any such raffle drawing notification. Commissioner Barth says he has checked with the Moody County and McCook County auditors; they report receiving no such notification.

Now we're not talking big legal timber here: conducting an unauthorized raffle is a Class 2 misdemeanor, 30 days in jail and/or $500 fine max. That's not usually the sort of violation that gets DCI agents out sniffing around...

...but sniffing they are. Two independent sources report that agents from South Dakota's Department of Criminal Investigations interviewed them yesterday about Annette Bosworth and the PHS raffle-scam. Unlike the rumors Chad Haber and Pat Powers spread last summer, this investigation is real. Not filing the proper paperwork with the county where they planned to award their prize may be a part of that investigation... though I would bet the $1,000 tickets that Bosworth and Haber sold and then refused to refund when they didn't draw are figuring much more prominently on our state sleuths' notepads.

Chad, Annette, you should have taken my advice and stayed in the Philippines while you had the chance.