Former State Senator pleads guilty to wire fraud

Sep 13, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Former state Senator Brenda Council has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for misusing campaign money for casino gambling.

Council pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend probation for the Omaha attorney when she's sentenced in December.

Last year, Council pleaded guilty to two state misdemeanor counts related to false campaign finance reports. State prosecutors said the reports concealed her misuse of more than $63,000 in campaign donations at a Kansas casino. She was fined $500.

State Senator Ernie Chambers, who beat Council to regain the legislative seat he held for 38 years, filed a complaint last fall that prompted the U.S. Attorney's investigation.

Chambers said in his complaint Council violated federal laws by improperly transferring money across state lines.

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