BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana state lawmaker says he’s repaying $37,000 he misspent from his campaign account on gambling, as part of a settlement with the state ethics board.
Thibodaux Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard (REE’-shard) said Wednesday the Board of Ethics will announce the consent opinion next week at its monthly meeting.
Richard, who is not affiliated with a political party, said he started gambling with his campaign cash after running through all his personal money.
He said he believes a medication he had been taking to control hand tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease “had something to do” with what he described as a gambling addiction that began when he started taking the drug and ended when he stopped taking it last year.
Richard’s campaign misspending was first reported by the publication LaPolitics Weekly.