Monday, June 17, 2013
A Louisiana hearing committee has recommended the permanent disbarment of an attorney convicted of a single felony count of mail, wire, identity document and healthcare fraud.
The attorney was the incumbent President of the Louisiana Horseman's Benevolent Association 1993, Inc.
He entered into a conspiracy to rig the outcome of his re-election by causing the mailing of fraudulent ballots "after traveling to remote locations so the ballots would bear the postmark from the supposed voters' locations." He used the association's administrative account to pay some of the costs.
The attorney also used association funds for personal expenses and billed a portion of these costs to a fund "to be used exclusively to pay medical benefits to jockeys and other industry personnel who were beneficiaries of the trust."
The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana has this release on the case. (Mike Frisch)