Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced State Senator Brenda Council of Omaha was charged with two counts of abuse of public records for failing to report expenditures out of her campaign account. Senator Council has agreed to plead guilty to the charges in Lancaster County District Court next Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
“Subpoenaed campaign bank account and casino records showed Senator Council withdrew more than $63,000 in campaign funds at various casinos between January 2010 and July 2012,” said Bruning. “The expenditures were not disclosed on her campaign finance reports as required by law. Senator Council has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of abuse of public records in Lancaster County District Court.”
Earlier this year, the Attorney General’s Office received information from law enforcement sources that Senator Council was using campaign funds for purposes not allowed under Nebraska law. An investigation was conducted with the cooperation of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission (NADC).
Abuse of public records is a Class II misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of six months in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.