Former US Senator Charged For Allegedly For Utilizing Campaign Funds For Gambling
A report released by Louisiana US Attorney Duane A Evans states that former State Senator Karen Carter Peterson has been charged with wire fraud and using campaign money to fund gambling.
Peterson, who’s been vocal on the battle she’s with gambling addiction, has agreed to a plea agreement for the charge of wire fraud, agreeing that she use the campaign fund for her expenses, which includes gambling-related programs.
Checks Confirm Peterson Campaign Fund Were Used
The reports state that over seven years, Peterson wrote checks from campaign accounts to friends and associates. The fund would then be cashed, and the money returned to Peterson for personal uses.
The state prosecutor has also alleged that While Louisiana Democratic Party chair Peterson wrote checks to numerous brands that provide minimal services, cash from those checks was also returned to Peterson.
The Senator served as a member of the Louisiana State House from 1999 to 201o, and she was then a senator until her recent resignation on April 9, 2022.
It is said that if convicted, Peterson could face a maximum prison term of two decades and a fine of up $250K. Another prison term would also include a three-year supervised release.
Peterson agreed to a Plea Deal.
However, Peterson has succumbed to a plea deal; it’s vague as to whether or not the deal will contain prison time. When Peterson resigned from her position as State Senator, Peterson agreed that she had struggled with gambling addiction.
This was revealed in 2019 when she received a court order for violating a self-imposed ban on visiting casino venues. At the time, she entered the L’Auberge Baton Rouge even being on the property’s self-exclusion list.
While working on the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Peterson is said to have played an influential role in having gambling legislation passed in the region. The bill includes bills on sports betting, online daily fantasy sports games, rules for video poker, and the relocation of water-based casinos to land and otherwise.