Karen Carter Peterson, a politician in Louisiana, was charged with wire fraud on Thursday. She agreed to plead guilty to the charge.
According to a statement from Louisiana’s US Attorney, a New Orleans man used campaign money for gambling-related and other personal expenses.
The checks were written to several companies while the Louisiana Democratic Party chair. The companies did not provide any services to the party, prosecutors said. Prosecutors say that she directed the companies to return some of the money to her.
She could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted. After leaving prison, she could be placed on supervised release for up to three years.
Brian Capitelli, her attorney, told The Times-Picayune that she had agreed to a plea agreement. It’s not clear if the plea deal includes prison time.
She paid back $50,000 to the state’s Democratic Party on Wednesday. She apologized as well.
According to Capitelli, she has made full repayment of funds used as a result of her addiction. She has cooperated with the US Attorney’s Office in their investigation.
Three years ago, she was revealed to have a gambling addiction. WWL reported that a summons was issued for violating a self-imposed ban on entering a casino. She entered the L’Auberge Baton Rouge even though she had put her name on the exclusion list.
He was in the Louisiana state senate for a dozen years before stepping down this year. She represented the state house for 10 years. She lost the congressional race to Troy Carter. Between 2012 and 2020 she was the chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.
She had an influential role in the legislation related to gambling. Legislation that came before her included bills on sports betting, moving water-based casinos onto land, video poker rules, and mobile fantasy sports games, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.
Karen Carter Peterson, a US politician who has been battling gambling addiction, was charged with wire fraud on Thursday. Peterson used campaign money for gambling-related and other personal expenses, according to a statement from Louisiana US Attorney Duane A Evans. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.