Federal Authorities Add Tax Evasion to Campaign Finance Charge Against Former NWI Casino Manager | Gambling
Federal prosecutors have added two counts of tax evasion to the indictment of a former Northwest Indiana casino executive accused of participating in a scheme to illegally funnel contributions from business toward an unsuccessful US House candidate from southern Indiana.
The Acting U.S. Attorney in Indianapolis alleges John Keeler improperly deducted funds allegedly used to donate straw to the 2016 Congressional campaign from former State Senator Brent Waltz, R-Greenwood, statements by federal revenues from New Centaur, the former parent company. of Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville.
The new charges carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison if Keeler is found guilty. He was already facing up to 20 years in prison in connection with the alleged campaign funding violations, according to records.
Keeler is due to make his first appearance on the replacement indictment at 2 p.m. KST on Wednesday.
Keeler and Waltz’s joint trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 8 at the Indianapolis Federal Courthouse.
According to court records, Keeler allegedly conspired with the Strategic Campaign Group, a Maryland-based political consulting firm, to direct $ 120,500 from New Centaur to Waltz’s Republican primary campaign in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District in using fake billing invoices from the consulting firm in New Centaur. conceal the true source of funds.