Peralta denies using campaign money to gamble

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he fueled a gambling habit with campaign money.

Peralta was arraigned on the six charges in Baton Rouge. He's accused of filing false campaign finance reports and perjury.

Peralta's attorney, Martin Regan, says the next hearing in the case will be August 27.

Peralta and his attorney have called the case brought by the attorney general "politically motivated."

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