Tripp city attorney turns away KELOLAND News cameras as we ask questions about embezzlement


TRIPP, S.D. (KELO) — How does a government official get away with stealing from citizens for years?

That’s what people in Tripp, South Dakota want to know.

Tripp’s longtime city finance officer has pleaded guilty to three felony charges. State auditors say she gave them fake records, charged up the City credit cards, used City money to pay her own credit cards and wrote herself big checks.

But when KELOLAND’s Angela Kennecke went to ask the mayor of Tripp how this went on for at least six years, the town’s attorney turned our camera away.

Coming up on Monday’s KELOLAND News investigation, into the “Troubles in Tripp,” we show you how Jennifer Friederich was able to steal the money and the mind-blowing amount she got away with.

Plus we’ve got evidence that the city was warned years ago about questionable activity by Friederich.

That story is Monday at 10 p.m. in Eye on KELOLAND.

If you’d like to read more right now, Data Reporter Rae Yost looked at how cities can be good watchdogs for any financial wrongdoings.

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