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
10/29/99 Philadelphia INQUIRER
11 Pimlico clubhouse workers tested positive for illegal
drugs and were suspended amid concerns that other track
security workers were involved in drug dealing.
5/18/00 Albuquerque Tribune
18,000 people -- including a few murderers -- have annual
licenses to work as everything from stable hands to owners in
10/18/7 HERALD-LEADER BUSINESS WRITER
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 Arizona Republic September 9, 2000
NY Racing Association, is facing 2 probes over possible money
New York Post 10/2/2000
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."
Las Vegas SUN 5/4/98 AP
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
2/15/1Daily Southtown Pioneer Press Post-Tribune Star
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.
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.
LA Times 5/2/0
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.
Nov 9, 1998 Gazette Online
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. . .
12/18/97 Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
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.
The Associated Press 4/15/00
Attorney General is investigating track clerks who may have
knowingly laundered money for organized crime.
Times Union 9/28/00
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 . . .
By JOE MOZINGO, Los Angels Times 6/15/00
. . 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.
By BILL CHRISTINE, Los Angeles Times 12/3/8
- Veterinarians and horsemen across Ohio are improperly using
anabolic steroids to try to enhance the performance of
racehorses . . .
August 29, 1999 Ohio Plain Dealer
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
He also said he had misappropriated OTB funds between 1990 and
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.
Taken from several news stories
-- 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.
state has threatened a private racetrack with a $416,000 fine
for falsifying tax forms and offering financial bonuses to
April 9, 1998 Capital Newspapers
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.
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.
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
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.
Las Vegas Sun 2/10/00
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.
2/22/1 Star Tribune
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.
3/21/2000 PR Newswire
to that a governor who tried to become virgin again after illegal
racetrack money found its way into his campaign coffers.
The Baltimore Sun Mar 15, 2001