Former senator to plead guilty in fraud case

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The lawyer for former state Sen. Brenda Council says she's agreed to plead guilty to a federal wire fraud charge.

The charge stems from Council's spending some money from campaign donations to gamble at casinos.

Attorney Vince Powers told the Lincoln Journal Star that Council agreed to plead guilty after prosecutors said they'd ask a U.S.
district judge to sentence Council to 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp says Council is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 12.

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