Contracting Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Offense and Another Business Partner Charged for Roles in Bribery Scheme
Defendants Prosecuted as Part of The Guardians Project, a Federal Law Enforcement Initiative to Combat Corruption, Fraud, and Abuse in South Dakota
(STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a former contracting company owner pleaded guilty for his role in a bribery scheme. Kevin Michael Trio, age 58, of Maple Plain, Minnesota, entered his plea of guilty to Making a Materially False Statement to two federal agents with the Department of Justice. U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann presided over the hearing, and his sentencing hearing will be held on August 2, 2021, in the federal courthouse in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
In a separate hearing, another former owner made his appearance in federal court for his role in the same bribery scheme. Michael Nathan Cebulla, age 44, of Buffalo, Minnesota, made his initial appearance on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds and of Making a Materially False Statement. He made his appearance on May 20, 2021, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno and entered a plea of not guilty.