Will a Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge winner be named on Aug. 11, and the $500,000 award presented? The answer to that question is likely to be key to an FBI decision to look into the matter, according to remarks today from Dave Joly, FBI Media Coordinator in Denver.
The Hoka Hey was a motorcycle endurance race that started in Key West, FL, on June 20 and ran to Homer, AK. According to Hoka Hey organizer Big Jim Redcloud, the winner will be announced and the prize handed over on Aug. 11 in Sturgis, SD, at the Broken Spoke Saloon.
Many critics of the event have claimed all along that no such award will ever be made, and that the whole thing is a scam. At least two civil suits have been filed in regard to the legitimacy of the event. As for possible criminal activity, however, Joly said that if a prize is paid to the apparent winner, “it does not seem to be fraud, at least on the surface.”
On the other hand, Joly said, if no prize is awarded and entrants feel they have been victimized, “We would encourage them to go to their local law enforcement officials or their local FBI office” to pursue the matter.
“If the award money is not presented . . . that’s what we’re waiting for,” said Joly. “We need to wait.”
If no money is disbursed to the winner, he said, then the more people who believe they have been victimized who show up to file complaints, the more likely it will be that the FBI will initiate an investigation.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Homer Tribune reporter Sean Pearson, Redcloud attempted to clarify a few discrepancies in the various statements that have been made about the Hoka Hey.
He disclaimed any affiliation with Jon Compton, who claimed to bea Hoka Hey publicist. He also disclaimed affiliation with Alystar McKenneh, who had said the $500,000 prize had been donated by the Lakota Sioux. The Sioux themselves refuted that claim in a statement released on Monday.
As for Redcloud’s statement that all top contenders would have to pass a polygraph test administered by the FBI, he was quoted by the Tribune saying, “‘It’s to be administered by a former FBI agent,’ Durham said. ‘That’s another thing they screwed up. I said it was a retired FBI agent, not the FBI.'” However, Redcloud is heard clearly stating in an interview on KBBI radio that the FBI would be doing the polygraph testing, not “a retired FBI agent.”
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