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Sep 1, 2011 6:37 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Former horsemen's association director pleads

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Less than a week before he was scheduled to go to trial, Sean Alfortish has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to rig the elections of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, then helping himself to funds controlled by the agency.
Alfortish on Wednesday admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud and identification document fraud. The Times-Picayune reports Alfortish admitted he created a scheme to get re-elected as the head of the nonprofit in 2008 after his first term as president was marred by charges of financial mismanagement.
Alfortish faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon is on Dec. 15.

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