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Executive Director

Phone: (866) ***-****  HQ Phone
Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association
135 Queen's Plate Drive Suite # 370
Toronto , Ontario M9W 6V1
Canada

Company Description: "We are committed to the future of horse racing; - We are horsemen who have one horse and a dream; - We are horsemen who spend millions of dollars; - We are...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    Protective Association
  • Executive Director
    The Blood-Horse Inc

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    LaHBPA
32 Total References
Web References
Louisiana HBPA case of fraud, conspiracy divides horsemen
www.interopsgroup.com, 18 Mar 2014 [cached]
Last November, the U.S. Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Louisiana charged Sean Alfortish, the president of the HBPA, and Mona Romero, its executive director, with 29 counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, identity fraud, wire fraud, healthcare fraud, and witness tampering.
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Alfortish, 43, and Romero, 52, pleaded not guilty and are free on bail.
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Prosecutors say that beginning in March 2005, when Alfortish won election and then chose Romero as executive director, they siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars from the HBPA and its medical benefits trust for cash and salaries, parties and vacations, cars and entertainment, evening gowns and diamond cufflinks, and even a settlement in a sexual harassment suit.
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The indictment charges that after horsemen from around the country donated almost $800,000 for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief, Alfortish and Romero seized control of the funds and spent some on themselves and gave more to undeserving friends.
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And, as a minority of elected members of the HBPA's 10-person board asked more and more questions about the finances of the association, Alfortish and Romero, prosecutors say, conspired with three subordinates to rig the March 2008 election, replacing those members with their preferred candidates.
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Romero wed into one of the first families of Cajun Country racing.
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Mona Romero's sister-in-law Cindy "Cricket" Romero was also indicted.
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Winfree is another sister-in-law of Mona Romero.
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According to the indictment, Mona Romero and Broussard handpicked the names of horsemen who lived out of state and had raced in Louisiana once, making them eligible but highly unlikely to vote in the election, and forged ballots using their Social Security numbers.
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Mona and Cricket Romero and Winfree then flew around the country to mail the ballots with the appropriate postmarks.
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As Romero and Alfortish await trial, there is no shortage of suspense within the HBPA and Louisiana racing circles.
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A court order last month prohibited Alfortish from contacting any member of the board and from participating in the election - a contest between those who supported Alfortish and Romero and those who clamored for transparency and now feel vindicated.
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Over the next two years, HBPA documents show the association paid approximately $160,000 for criminal defense attorneys for Alfortish and Winfree and Mona, Cricket, and Gerald Romero.
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Alfortish and Mona Romero told the national HBPA that funds would be distributed properly after review by a screening committee, but instead they gave out funds at their sole discretion, the indictment says.
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Mona Romero allegedly received a salary of $228,275 paid out of the medical benefits trust administrative account; health insurance for herself and her family totaling $1,330 per month; a 2007 GMC Acadia SUV leased for her use, plus gasoline and OnStar navigation and satellite radio; use of HBPA credit cards for travel and entertainment, paid out of the medical trust; travel for herself and her husband to Aruba and the Grand Caymans; and a Louis Vuitton handbag.
By law, up to 30 percent of the medical benefits trust can be used for genuine administrative expenses, but in cases where Alfortish and Romero could spend less than that, the indictment says, they diverted the surplus to pay for personal or HBPA expenses instead of expanding coverage with that money or saving it for future years.
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On March 13, 2008, Mona and Cricket Romero obtained leftover ballots for the election from the printer. Two days later, Mona Romero and Broussard met at Broussard's home and marked hundreds of ballots for Alfortish as president and their preferred candidates for the board.
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Soon after, Mona Romero asked Cricket to make airline reservations for the two of them and Winfree.
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The next day, Mona Romero flew to Dallas, and Winfree flew to Tampa.
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Stakelum and the plaintiffs in his case hired a handwriting expert, who concluded that 90 percent of the suspect ballots were filled out by Mona Romero.
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That November, Mona Romero urged Winfree to "stick together" with her, Alfortish, and others and not to cooperate with authorities.
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Alfortish and Romero apparently saw the HBPA's four entities as one large pool in which to move around money, even though by law their budgets are separate.
Sean Alfortish, the president of the ...
www.drf.com, 24 Nov 2010 [cached]
Sean Alfortish, the president of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and Mona Romero, the organization's executive director, will be arraigned Dec. 2 after a federal grand jury returned a 29-count indictment against them Thursday that included a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and an accusation that they rigged an election.
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Alfortish, 43, has been president of the Louisiana HBPA since 2005, while Romero, 52, became executive director the same year.
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The case dates back to a 2008 Louisiana HBPA election in which Alfortish and Romero allegedly conspired with others to "rig the outcome," according to a statement by Letten.
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Alfortish and Romero were charged with using the Social Security numbers of some members without their "knowledge or consent.
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The indictment alleges that Romero and others flew to various cities to mail the falsified ballots.
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Alfortish and Romero were also charged with health care fraud concerning payments made from the Louisiana Horsemen's Medical Benefit trust account.
LaHBPA - Board of Directors
www.lahbpa.com, 10 May 2006 [cached]
Executive Director: Mona L. Romero
Mona ...
lahbpa.org, 1 July 2007 [cached]
Mona Romero
Executive Director, HBPA
Horse Racing - Assiniboia Downs - Simulcast Racing, VLTs, Dining, Feel The Rush!
www.assiniboiadowns.com, 5 July 2010 [cached]
Mona Romero
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His co-conspirator, Mona Romero, 53, executive director of the HBPA, was sentenced to 13 months and ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution.
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