A former Democratic candidate supported by Black Lives Matter has been sentenced to 22 months in prison.
Karen Carter Peterson, a former Louisiana Democratic Party leader and state senator, received the verdict Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of wire fraud involving more than $140,000 in campaign and party funds referred to external individuals and companies and the money used for personal expenses, including gambling.
Peterson abruptly resigned from the state senate last April, citing her mental health and gambling addiction. She was arraigned in federal court a month later on a charge of wire fraud.
ONLY BLM-BACKED FEDERAL CANDIDATE ACCUSED OF WIRE FRAUD PROGRAM AFFECTING CAMPAIGN AND PARTY FUNDS
Karen Carter Peterson, a former leader of the Louisiana Democratic Party, received a 22-month sentence for a wire fraud scheme. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, file)
Peterson’s plan ran for seven years and involved diverting state campaign and party funds to several individuals and companies, who reportedly cashed the checks and provided Peterson with most or all of the funds, according to the Louisiana Illuminator.
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