CRIME AT RACETRACKS - OPPOSE SB 1010
A federal grand jury has indicted a former Philadelphia Park teller on charges that he laundered money for narcotics dealers and helped some gamblers avoid paying taxes on their winnings. Drug dealers would bring Richardson $5, $10, $20, and $50 bills, taken mostly in small street-level retail sales, authorities alleged. Richardson, who cashed winning tickets for customers replaced the smaller denominations with large. On Nov. 3, 1994, authorities said, he exchanged $24,000 with drug dealers...
MD: 11 Pimlico clubhouse workers tested positive for illegal drugs and were suspended amid concerns that other track security workers were involved in drug dealing.
About 18,000 people -- including a few murderers -- have annual licenses to work as everything from stable hands to owners in Kentucky.
The head of Arizona's Racing Department was fired Friday amid an investigation into the new owner of Turf Paradise racetrack. Higginbottom had recommended approval of a racing license to Simms, the new owner of Turf, despite questions about Simms' involvement in a California political-corruption scandal 10 years ago and his financial ties to a former casino owner who was a front for organized crime.
The NY Racing Association, is facing 2 probes over possible money laundering.
KY: McCandless, 51 who once went to prison for stealing a mare in foal to Secretariat was charged with trying to fix races at Churchill Downs by stuffing sponges in horses' noses and was indicted on 6 felony counts for trying to "gain an advantage in gambling on the outcome of the race."
Arlington Park. . . . The Illinois state police have joined staff examiners from the Racing Board in probing the alleged theft of $1 million in uncashed mutuel tickets at the northwest suburban oval.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A probe into a ring suspected of fixing races at California thoroughbred tracks has prompted investigators to reopen the case of a top jockey who died mysteriously in 1993.
The state labor commissioner has launched an investigation into the working conditions in stable areas of California's horse-racing tracks... Times news reports minimum wage violations, scant record keeping and poor labor and living conditions in the so-called backstretch areas of the state's nine racetracks. About 4,000 employees lack some of the most basic protections.
Officials at Mountaineer Race Track in Chester are investigating the positive cocaine test of a winning horse. The horse had tested positive for cocaine in the bloodstream. The horse had apparently been injected with the drug, a stimulant, in hopes it would run faster.
A fed-up Virginia Racing Commission yesterday warned Colonial Downs that it is looking into revoking or suspending the track's license because of festering problems. The commission "is gravely concerned" about the track's dispute with its general contractor over nearly $12 million in contested bills, its lack of a certificate of occupancy for its $55 million facility. . .
The U.S. government has sued the Portland Meadows racetrack, saying it has failed to control manure from the 950 horses lodged there during racing season.
NY: Attorney General is investigating track clerks who may have knowingly laundered money for organized crime.
State labor authorities launched surprise sweeps of the stable areas at four California horse racetracks Wednesday and found widespread instances of workers being paid in cash and denied proper overtime compensation . . .
. . . professional gambler has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a racetrack scheme that allegedly involved cashing other bettors' tickets and obtaining refunds from false tax returns. The seven-count indictment charges that Greulich's scheme allowed him to file tax returns that contained both substantial income and large losses relating to gambling activities.
COLUMBUS - Veterinarians and horsemen across Ohio are improperly using anabolic steroids to try to enhance the performance of racehorses . . .
Davis Etkin retired under fire two years ago after the state Racing and Wagering Board blasted Capital OTB for mismanagement and excessive spending. Mark Etkin, 39, appeared before a Schenectady County Judge and was sentenced to the jail time and five years' probation after pleading guilty in November to paying $2,100 to former OTB management employee Cheryl Flahive, a longtime friend of Etkin, in an attempt to change her pending grand jury testimony. 1/25/00 NY : timesunion
Call Now Inc. purchased Remington, Thistledow and Louisians Downs tracks from DeBartolo who was found guilty and fined $1 million in connection with former LA Governor Edwards gambling corruption and bribery crime.
NY -- Hazel N. Dukes, a former president of the New York City Offtrack Betting Corp., pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing $13,000 from an OTB employee who was suffering from cancer.
The state has threatened a private racetrack with a $416,000 fine for falsifying tax forms and offering financial bonuses to heavy bettors.
The Gaming Control Board issued a complaint Wednesday alleging the Downs track's casino The Downs at Albuquerque failed to maintain internal controls required under its license.
Jack Brooks, trainer of eight All American Futurity winners, says he is innocent of any wrongdoing even though his horse tested positive for cocaine after winning a race at Sunland Park.
The NM Racing Commission postponed consideration of a case involving one of its own members after being told that an investigation of an incident at Ruidoso Downs was not yet finished. They cannot take formal, punitive action against a fellow commissioner, according to the assitant AG
The NM Gaming Control Board said that SunRay Gaming Inc., the corporation that owns and operates the track in Farmington, is doing a poor job of keeping its records in order. So the board is considering fining SunRay $17,500 if it doesn't correct the problem within 20 days.
Stung by criticism for giving racetrack licenses to people who were convicted of felonies, the Minnesota Racing Commission is considering asking the Legislature to allow exceptions to the state's ban on the practice.
Michigan Racing Commissioner addressed issues concerning technological abuses as they affect the horse racing industry in Michigan. According to Bacola, the horse racing industry has been faced with escalating challenges including an increase in illegal telephone and Internet gambling.
Add to that a governor who tried to become virgin again after illegal racetrack money found its way into his campaign coffers.