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Former lawmaker Karen Carter Peterson facing fraud charges: report

Courtesy of State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson's website.
Former State Senator Karen Carter Peterson

Former State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson has been charged with wire fraud and reportedly signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors, according to The Advocate.

The former lawmaker, who had served in the state legislature since 1999, abruptly resigned in April, citing a mental health illness and gambling addiction that she has struggled with for decades.

The Advocate reported that the federal investigation into Peterson appears focused on Peterson's gambling issues and the potential misuse of funds from her political campaigns and the state Democratic Party, which she led from 2012 to 2020.

This is a developing story.

Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.