INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) - An Indiana casino executive and former Indiana state Senator face charges in federal court.
They are accused of making several violations of federal election laws during the 2016 primary election.
The indictment identifies the casino executive as John Keeler. At the time, he was General Counsel of Centaur Gaming. That is the same position he holds for Spectacle Entertainment.
That is the same company that once sought to build a casino in Terre Haute.
The alleged conspiracy involved a consulting firm in Maryland that was hired by the Congression campaign of former State Senator Brent Waltz.
Waltz was also indicted in this case.
The US Attorney's Office says the consulting firm charged Centaur Gaming for services they never performed.
Centaur paid phony invoices, and straw donors fronted donations to the Waltz campaign. Centaur dollars were used to reimburse donors.
Ties to Terre Haute
When news of that broke, Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson ended his partnership with Keeler and Spectacle Entertainment. He formed Spectacle Jack LLC, which will operate the Terre Haute casino when it opens.
Groundbreaking for that should happen next month.
We received a statement from Greg Gibson, read it below:
“John no longer has any involvement in the Terre Haute project. He is not a shareholder in Spectacle Jack and does not act as our legal counsel.
Spectacle Jack is working hard to build a successful gaming facility in Terre Haute. We believe this project will bring new economic vitality to the city, our region, and the State of Indiana.”