Former state Sen. Brenda Council first lost her legislative seat. Now, she has lost her law license.
The state Supreme Court stripped Council of her law license for using campaign donations to gamble.
Council, who represented a legislative district in Omaha, used $63,000 in campaign funds to gamble at a Kansas casino. She was sentenced late last year to three years’ probation and fined $500 in federal court after pleading guilty to federal wire fraud charges. That followed two misdemeanor convictions in state court for abuse of public records, in which she was fined $500.
Campaign bank accounts and casino records subpoenaed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office indicate Council withdrew $63,052.56 in campaign funds to gamble at a casino in Kansas City, Kansas. The Attorney General said the investigation uncovered $36,166.32 in unreported/prohibited deposits were made between January of 2010 and July of 2012 as well.
Council lost her re-election bid in the fall to former state Sen. Ernie Chambers, who held the seat until term limits forced him out for a term.
It was Chambers who filed the complaint that prompted the investigation by the United States Attorney’s office.
Council first won election to the 11th District in 2008 after serving on the Omaha school board and city council. She received a law degree from Creighton University.