NEW ORLEANS A member of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Association pleaded guilty to federal charges, accoridng to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Cindy 'Cricket' Romero, 50, of Metairie, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

'According to court documents, Romero admitted that while employed by the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), she conspired with Sean Alfortish, an attorney and HBPA president running for his second term, and Mona Romero, HBPA Executive Director, to rig the outcome of the HBPA March 2008 election by using Social Security numbers of HBPA members in connection with the federal crime of mail fraud,' said a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

She faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 24, 2011.

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