The only Black Lives Matter-backed federal election candidate in the midterm election cycle was charged with wire fraud for diverting election funds to others and then having it funneled back to herself, then using it for personal expenses including gambling.
BLM’s PAC spent $100,000 pushing Karen Carter Peterson’s campaign in Louisiana, but she resigned from the state senate in April claiming a mental health condition and gambling addiction.
Peterson’s alleged misconduct occurred over seven years.
She claims that she has repaid all the money she diverted for gambling and is continuing to address her issues.
If convicted, she could face 20 years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines, and up to three years of supervised release after imprisonment.
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