Ex-fiesta Bowl official pleads guilty to conspiracy
PHOENIX | The former chief operating officer of the Fiesta Bowl pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony federal conspiracy charge for her role in a fraudulent campaign-contribution scheme.
Natalie Wisneski entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix and could face up to a year in prison when she is sentenced June 16. She also could receive probation.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss eight other felony counts as part of the agreement. Wisneski must cooperate with federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service in continuing investigations into the bowl scandal.
Wisneski resigned from her job with the bowl last March and was indicted by a federal grand jury in November.
Wisneski’s boss, former Fiesta Bowl chief John Junker, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the scheme earlier this week. Last month, he entered a plea agreement with state prosecutors, entering a guilty plea to a felony charge stemming from a political donations scandal that nearly jeopardized the bowl’s role as a regular host of college football’s national championship game.