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Former Fiesta Bowl COO pleads guilty to conspiracy

This photo made Dec. 8, 2006 shows Natalie Wisneski, chief operating officer of the Fiesta Bowl, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, John Severson)

The Fiesta Bowl’s former chief operating officer has pleaded guilty 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 faces up to a year in prison when she’s sentenced on June 16. She 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 at the bowl last March and was indicted by a federal grand jury in November.

Wisneski’s ex-boss, former Fiesta Bowl chief John Junker, pleaded guilty to state and federal charges related to the scheme and faces 2½ years in prison.

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