The former financial officer of an American Legion Post linked to illegal gambling pleaded guilty Wednesday in Allen Superior Court.
John Gahan, 68, admitted to the felony crime of aiding corrupt business influence. In exchange for his guilty plea, additional charges of aiding theft, aiding professional gambling and aiding unlawful charity gaming will be dismissed when he is sentenced.
Gahan was one of five people arrested and charged in September after an investigation into charity bingo games run at the American Legion Post 330 in New Haven. Also arrested and charged were Steven Bouse, 60, Kenneth Brooks, 64, and his wife, Lana Brooks, 55 and James Schultz, 68.
Prosecutors charged Lana Brooks and Bouse, who both allegedly managed the games, with corrupt business influence, theft, unlawful charity gaming and professional gambling. Kenneth Brooks, Lana Brooks’ husband, was charged with aiding theft and aiding unlawful charity gaming.
Schultz is charged with aiding theft and aiding unlawful charity gaming.
The cases against the others are still pending, according to court records.
Gahan is the first to plead guilty. In 2004, he spoke out as an advocate against changes to the state’s charity gaming laws.
When he is sentenced in May, he faces a suspended four-year prison sentence and four years on probation, according to court documents.
He must continue to cooperate with investigators and prosecutors, according to court documents.