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The former mayor of Whiting, Indiana has been sentenced for stealing money from his campaign fund to pay for trips to casinos as well as other expenses but somehow managed to avoid jail time in the case.
Joseph Stahura was found guilty of wire fraud and filing a false tax return after he took $255,000 in campaign funds to go to the casinos and gamble, pay bills, and more. He claims that he isn't addicted to gambling, be made about 50 trips to casinos between 2014 and 2019, withdrawing about $55,000 from ATMs during the time.
Stahura's lawyers certainly seem to have earned their money, as they argued: "Stahura's conduct was wrong and illegal, but it didn't impact his role as mayor, and I think that's an important distinction Mr. Stahura's conduct was significantly different than these other politicians."
He walked away being sentenced with two years probation, one year of home detention, and a fine of $7,500. He was facing 25 years in prison.