Tuesday, October 22, 2013

That's What Makes A Horse Race

The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended permanent disbarment of an attorney for misconduct surrounding his bid for reelection to the presidency of the Louisiana Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association.

The attorney was convicted of federal offenses as a result of his "extensive scheme to fraudulently secure his reelection...This conduct strikes to the heart of Respondent's character and fitness to practice law."

The fraudulent election removed opposition to the attorney at a time when he faced allegations of financial wrongdoing by a member of the association.

Appropriately, there is this summary of the criminal case found in the Daily Racing Form, which also relates some background information:

Before his affiliation with the Louisiana horsemen's association, Alfortish was involved in "unlawful" sports agent activities in Florida. He was charged with "illegally funneling cash to two University of Florida football players in 1997-1998," according to the archives of the Gainesville Sun. Alfortish was charged with a felony, but as part of a 2000 plea agreement the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and he was ordered to pay $30,000 to cover the cost of the investigation. Alfortish became the president of the Louisiana horsemen's association in 2005, and served in that capacity through 2010. A former magistrate and practicing attorney, he is a resident of Kenner, La.

 (Mike Frisch)


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