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Nebraska Senator Pleads Guilty to 2 Misdemeanors

Senator Brenda Council - District 11, Nebraska
Platte Institute for Economic Research

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska state Senator Brenda Council has pleaded guilty to filing false campaign finance reports that prosecutors say concealed her misuse of more than $60,000 in campaign donations at casinos.

A judge sentenced Council on Tuesday to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

She has apologized for making an error in judgment, and plans to continue running for re-election in northeast Omaha.

She says she’s getting treatment for a gambling addiction.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says bank records and casino security videos show that Council withdrew a total of $63,052 at casinos on several occasions and then deposited $36,166 in cash back into the campaign fund. Council has agreed to repay the $27,000 shortfall.

Council is running against Ernie Chambers, who was the longest-serving member of the Nebraska Legislature.

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