DCI found ‘no criminal activity’ in Noem’s use of state plane

PIERRE, S.D.(DRGNews)- Hughes County State’s Attorney Jessica LaMie (la-me) says the state Division of Criminal Investigation has ended its inquiry into complaints that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem had misused the state airplane and that the plane’s flight records had been tampered with.

LaMie and the DCI concluded that there were no facts to support a criminal prosecution under current law for the use of the airplane and that the allegation regarding flight records was frivolous.

LaMie says, “There is no basis to pursue these matters further.”

The original complaints were filed with the South Dakota Government Accountability Board. The board referred them to Attorney General Mark Vargo on Sept. 9, 2022, asking that the DCI investigate. Vargo recused himself and the Attorney General’s Office and asked LaMie to oversee the inquiry and make any charging decisions. On Monday, LaMie informed the Government Accountability Board that she had concluded her inquiry and referred the matter back to the board.

LaMie says she has no additional comment and referred any additional questions to the Government Accountability Board or the Attorney General’s Office.