Omaha senator sentenced to probation for wire fraud

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Former state Sen. Brenda Council has been given three years of probation on one federal count of wire fraud.

A federal judge in Omaha also fined Council $500 on Thursday.  She'd pleaded guilty in September to spending money from campaign donations to gamble at casinos. Council agreed to plead guilty after prosecutors said they'd ask the judge to give her probation.

Council pleaded guilty last year to two state misdemeanor counts of filing false campaign finance reports. State prosecutors say the reports concealed her misuse of more than $63,000 in campaign donations at casinos. She was fined $500.  State Sen. Ernie Chambers, who beat Council to regain the legislative seat he held for 38 years, filed a complaint in 2012 that prompted the U.S. attorney's investigation.