Former Indiana lawmaker accused of pushing casino bill in exchange for a job gets a year in prison

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Indiana lawmaker accused of pushing a bill favoring a casino company in exchange for promises of employment to a year and a day in prison.

Former state Rep. Sean Eberhart pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud in November and agreed to pay $60,000 in restitution, roughly equal to his annual pay as a legislator. He faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison but prosecutors recommended leniency as part of the plea deal, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Eberhart’s attorney, Pat Cotter, declined to comment on the sentencing when reached by The Associated Press via email...

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