FORMER HBPA PRESIDENT SENTENCED TO
UNLICENSED PILOT SENTENCED FOR FALSIFYING CREDENTIALS
MONA HEBERT ROMERO, age 53, a former resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was sentenced today to serve thirteen (13) months by U. S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon on her conviction for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and identity fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Fallong ordered that ROMERO be placed on three (3) years of supervised release, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release. ROMERO was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $21,562.45, as well as a $100 special assessment.
ROMERO pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy on July 26, 2011, five weeks prior to her scheduled trial with co-defendant, SEAN DANIEL ALFORTISH, former president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA).
ROMERO, the former Executive Director of the HBPA, admitted that she and ALFORTISH and others conspired to rig the 2008 HBPA election for president and members of the HBPA’s board of directors. ALFORTISH was sentenced yesterday by Judge Eldon Fallon to 46 months.
In a related case, Cindy McKean Romero, former HBPA State Farm and Field Director, was sentenced to three (3) years probation on September 22, 2012 by U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk. Both Cindy Romero and Mona Romero had agreed to cooperate with the government’s prosecution of ALFORTISH.
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