Former Indiana state senator sentenced for making illegal deals with former casino executive

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A former Indiana state senator has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for his role in a scheme that illegally funneled about $40,000 from a casino company to his unsuccessful 2016 congressional campaign.

The federal investigation into contributions to Republican Brent Waltz's campaign tied to a former casino executive led the Indiana Gaming Commission to force the company out of its lucrative ownership of casino projects in Gary and Terre Haute.

Waltz said during Wednesday's court hearing that his "greatest regret" was that his actions tarnished his reputation as a public servant. Former Indiana casino company executive John Keeler was sentenced Wednesday to two months in prison.

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