Authorities Investigating Hacking Complaint From Sioux Falls Mayoral Candidate


The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are looking into allegations of interference from a Sioux Falls mayoral candidate.

The sheriff’s office declined to specify which candidate, but the Jolene Loetscher’s campaign tells KELOLAND News that her campaign’s information technology systems were hacked. Loetscher’s opponent in the runoff election, Paul TenHaken, says that he and his campaign have been cleared as possible suspects by the DCI.

Sheriff Mike Milstead says a complaint was brought to the Sioux Falls Police Department on Friday, April 20.  The candidate was concerned about potential interference with information technology systems, possibly including the campaign’s web site, e-mail, wi-fi, and social media.

Because the candidate is running for mayor, the investigation was referred to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and the DCI. Investigators have taken initial complaint information from the reporting parties and also reached out to other mayoral candidates to determine if their campaigns had any similar interference.  Some of the other candidates reported problems during their campaigns reaching as far back as 2017.

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