Houma businessman pleads guilty to federal charges
NEW ORLEANS - The president and owner of Houma-based Cenac Towing has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Elections Commission in connection with illegal campaign contributions he made to Louisiana's two U.S. senators.
Federal prosecutors in New Orleans charged 57-year-old Arlen "Benny" Cenac Jr., of Houma, last month.
Cenac entered his plea Wednesday.
He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 5 before U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans.
Cenac and his tug and towboat company agreed to pay a $170,000 fine to the Federal Elections Commission in August for using corporate money to donate to the campaigns of U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and David Vitter, R-La.