Ex-Louisiana HBPA President Jailed For Rigging Election Running Again For Board Position

Sean Alfortish, the former president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association who served 28 months in federal prison for defrauding the organization and rigging a 2008 Louisiana HBPA election, is one of 18 individuals running for five owner seats on the horsemen’s board of directors.

Fifteen trainers are running for five trainer seats and there are three candidates for Louisiana HBPA president, including current president Bernard Chatters.

Nominations closed Dec. 3 and the Louisiana HBPA’s election process runs through March 30, 2021.

 List of nominees for Louisiana HBPA board and presidency.

Alfortish pleaded guilty in 2011 to one felony count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, identity fraud, and health care fraud and was sentenced the following year to 46 months imprisonment. Alfortish, an attorney, has reportedly been disbarred. Two other Louisiana HBPA employees also pleaded guilty in connection with the election scheme. A subsequent audit of the Louisiana HBPA found hundreds of thousands of dollars had been spent inappropriately for Caribbean vacations, expensive gifts, and personal items.

Following his release from prison, Alfortish sought to regain his owner’s license in Louisiana but was originally thwarted. Only after getting licensed in Texas and suing the Louisiana State Racing Commission was he permitted to be relicensed in the state.

Alfortish’s name recently surfaced in connection with an insurance fraud investigation involving staged automobile accidents and personal injury claims in Louisiana. The FBI has joined that investigation.


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