Former Louisiana state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a Democrat, was charged with one count of wire fraud by federal prosecutors on July 14 for her alleged role in a scheme involving using campaign funds to fund her gambling addiction.
Peterson served as Louisiana state Senator for the 5th District from 2010 until 2022 and as the Chair of State Political Party A between 2012 and 2020.
According to prosecutors, Peterson formed and maintained the “Karen Carter Peterson Campaign Fund” (KCPCF) to solicit and raise campaign funds from individual and corporate donors under the pretext that those funds would be used to help in her reelection for state senator….


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