The evidence mounts that Annette Bosworth and her husband Chad Haber have been scamming South Dakotans and others with their multifarious raffle schemes.
First, Ryan Kappenman of Madison steps forward and tells me that, like Nate Fluit, he bought a $1,000 ticket for the Bosworth-Haber-Preventive Health Strategies raffle of 75 acres of hunting land in Moody County. Kappenman tells me that he and his dad bought a ticket under "Kappenman Farms." Kappenman tells me he has contacted Preventive Health Strategies many times and been told that PHS would send a refund check. Kappenman says he has received no refund check.
That puts two unrefunded Bosworth raffle ticketholders on the record. How many more apparently bogus tickets Bosworth and Haber sold remains a mystery. But in a July 18, 2013, e-mail response to a July 11 e-mail from Nate Fluit, PHS claimed to have sold about half of the promised 500 tickets. Fluit forwards this response from his inbox:
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 3:07 PM
> To: Fluit, Nate
> Subject: RE: Raffle ticket
> Good Afternoon Nate,
> Thank you for contacting us and sorry the delayed response as I have been on vacation. We have sold approximately 1/2 of tickets and are still trying to sell the remainder of them. As far as the adverting goes we have mostly been promoting it on our web page, you can visit our webpage at www.meaingfulmedicine.org If something changes or when we sell he 500th ticket we will be in contact wit you. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us.
> Thank you,
> Preventive Health Strategies
Rachelle is Rachelle Reeves Daniels, who no longer works for PHS. She asserts PHS's claim to have sold about 250 tickets. According to PHS's claim, PHS received about $250,000 from ticket buyers who thought they were doing some good and taking a chance to win a prize but whose money has not been properly accounted for.
Fluit's July 11 e-mail says he had called two weeks prior to that seeking a response and had received none, even though a woman on the PHS phone had promised one. The raffle drawing was supposed to be held July 15, 2013.
Annette Bosworth held her U.S. Senate campaign kickoff event in Plankinton on July 16. Her non-profit staff weren't on vacation; they were stuck with no office hours and delayed paychecks while Chad and Annette were out playing Sarah Palin.
Six business days have passed since I left messages at Bosworth's non-profit, clinic, and campaign numbers seeking an explanation of the status of her Moody County land raffle. Bosworth has not responded publicly to my questions or told anyone else where that money went.
Bosworth and Haber's main press release outlet promised last weekend to have some damning evidence about her "accusing parties" (also known as folks stating pretty straightforward facts about raffle tickets sold, prizes never rewarded, and refunds never sent). Yet all week, all the Bosworth-Haber spin machine could muster was a weak and, frankly, insulting slap at the credibility of KDLT reporter Meagan Millage and raffle ticketholder Nate Fluit based entirely on wishful speculation and not at all on documentary evidence.
Putting together the testimony of ticketholders and the evidence from her own staff, Annette Bosworth owes the people of South Dakota an explanation about her raffle scam. She also owes a lot of people around a quarter million dollars.