While the race for Killeen Independent School District’s board of trustees is over, the investigation into potential campaign violations by one former candidate continues.
Speaking Thursday, Bell County Attorney Jim Nichols said his office was still investigating allegations that Aya Eneli conducted an illegal raffle at her campaign kickoff party March 30.
His office is attempting to speak with individuals who attended the kickoff event.
“There’s been no decision (on charges),” Nichols said. “We are trying to gather evidence and find people who were there.”
The complaint against Eneli was filed by Lan Carter, a rival school board candidate who later dropped out of the race to endorse Marvin Rainwater, the eventual winner of the Place 4 seat.
Eneli disputes that what took place at the event was a “raffle.”
Although fliers for the event stated there would be a raffle, Eneli claimed it was later changed to an “auction” and attendees received a free ticket to win items.
The Charitable Raffle Enabling Act states that legal raffles can only be conducted by certain nonprofit organizations.
A raffle that violates the Charitable Raffle Enabling Act is considered to be illegal gambling under the Texas Penal Code. The violation is a low-level class A misdemeanor.
Nichols said finding people who attended the kickoff event and getting their statements was proving difficult.
“We have sent out requests for people to come talk to us, but we have not heard back,” he said. “Without witnesses who were there at the time, it makes it difficult to move forward.”
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