A 63-year-old man who is a former employee of a Pennsylvania racetrack pleaded guilty to wire fraud on July 22. According to prosecutors, the man, who worked at the Penn National Race Course, was falsifying horse workout times between 2008 and October 2013.
The man was initially charged with wire fraud and for using an interstate facility to promote gambling, which violated Pennsylvania state law. However, the second charged was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea. When he is sentenced, he faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine.
Court documents state that the man, whose job was to provide information on the horses' official workouts, provided inaccurate times and statistics to media outlets. Additionally, it was believed that he fabricated workout times for a horse that had never worked out at the track on at least one occasion. This was done in exchange for cash bribes that were given by the horses' trainers. The indictment stated that the inaccurate information did not allow the public to make informed decisions when placing bets.
Those who are accused of wire fraud can face serious consequences if they are convicted. In addition to potential jail sentences, they may also face hefty fines, probation and have the convictions go on their permanent records, which could make it very difficult to find employment after serving their sentences. However, a defense attorney might reduce the potential consequences by providing evidence showing that an accused individual was not knowingly involved in a scheme. Additionally, the attorney could use bank records to show that the accused never received any monetary bribes.
Source: Philly.com, "Former Pa. racetrack worker admits faking horse workout times ", Alex Wigglesworth, July 22, 2014