Ex-Fiesta Bowl COO indicted by federal grand jury



PHOENIX (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the former chief operating officer of the Fiesta Bowl on charges of filing false income tax returns for the bowl game.

Natalie Wisneski also faces federal campaign finance charges over allegations she allegedly solicited campaign contributions from bowl employees for federal, state and local political candidates and arranged for the bowl to repay them. The U.S. attorney’s office in Phoenix announced the indictment Wednesday.

Wisneski resigned from her job in March, shortly after bowl president and CEO John Junker was fired after the apparent campaign-donation scheme was made public.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the investigation into the Fiesta Bowl’s conduct under Junker is ongoing and the organization is cooperating.

It could not immediately be determined if Wisneski has an attorney.