Free Conferencing isn't registered as a business in South Dakota.
But the Long Beach, Calif., company, started in 2001 by David Erickson and still run by him as a privately held corporation, has been doing a lot of business in South Dakota through other companies.
One of them, Native American Telecom, was organized in South Dakota in 2008 by Gene DeJordy and Thomas Reiman, at the time both of Sioux Falls. The company's office address was listed as 6710 Split Rock Circle, Sioux Falls.
In 2010, the address was changed to 400 N. Main, No. 310, in Sioux Falls. A third man, Jeff Holoubek, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., was added to the Reiman and DeJordy names as managers. DeJordy now listed his address as Fairfield, Conn.
That year the company also hired Scott Swier, of Avon, as its lawyer to defend it against allegations from Sprint that the company was conducting improper business activities and was connected to Free Conferencing.
In 2011, the company changed the street address to 253 Ree Circle, Fort Thompson, but kept a Sioux Falls post office box as the mailing address. Holoubek briefly replaced Reiman as the registered agent for the company in 2011, and six new names were added to the managers list that year.
Those were David Erickson from Free Conferencing; Patrick Chicas of Las Vegas, Nevada; Cole Reiman of Sioux Falls; and Peter Lengkeek, Eric Big Eagle and Shannon Shields, all of Fort Thompson.
Later in 2011, Swier replaced Holoubek as registered agent.
Meanwhile, in 2009, DeJordy and Reiman had formed another company, Native American Telecom Enterprise, based out of the same Sioux Falls address.
DeJordy listed his address at that time as Little Rock, Ark. In 2011, DeJordy listed his address as South Port, Conn.
This similarly named company would have significance for its relationships with the original Native American Telecom and with two other operations they were setting up.
Also in 2009, Reiman and DeJordy formed a third company, Native American Telecom-Pine Ridge. They were the only officers or managers listed.
They included a handwritten statement: "Both members, Gene DeJordy and Thomas J. Reiman, are to be liable for its debt and obligations."
Native American Telecom-Pine Ridge's 2011 annual report kept the principal mailing address in Sioux Falls but changed the business address to Pine Ridge. Six new names were added, too.
The Pine Ridge company's report now included three of the same new names that were added in 2011 to the corporate organization of Native American Telecom at Fort Thompson.
Those were David Erickson of Long Beach, Calif.; Patrick Chicas of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Cole Reiman of Sioux Falls.
From Pine Ridge were added Lyle Jack, Waysha White Face and Verchele Salway to Native American Telecom-Pine Ridge's organization in 2011.
Later in 2011, Holoubek replaced Reiman as registered agent for Native American Telecom-Pine Ridge.
But Reiman later returned to that role on company documents until 2012. Swier replaced Reiman in 2012.
And in 2010, Reiman and DeJordy formed a fourth operation. It was the Native American Yes We Can Foundation. The third member of the organization was Joe Sazue of Fort Thompson.
The foundation's purpose listed in the organization documents was to provide free computer access, Internet service and educational and training services to tribal members residing on Indian reservations.
The paperwork also said the foundation may provide assistance and services to tribes and tribal members, "as well as other services that are related to its purposes."
The foundation was controlled by the same people controlling the other three operations.
"The directors were appointed by Indian Tribes and Native American Telecom Enterprise, LLC, who provides telephone and broadband service on Indian reservations," according to the filing. "The directors of Native American Yes We Can Foundation shall decide all organizational, operational and financial matters by majority vote."
Sazue was listed as treasurer on the foundation's 2011 annual report. He wasn't listed in any role in the 2012 annual report. Reiman was listed as president, director and treasurer, while DeJordy was listed as vice president and secretary.
Free Conferencing, meanwhile, announced last week an expansion of its international services to include Slovakia and Pakistan.