Former Calder track supervisor sentenced on charges of fraud, tax evasion
The former track supervisor for Calder Race Course who pled guilty to charges of mail and wire fraud and tax evasion in March was sentenced on Tuesday to 57 months in federal prison, reports the Miami Herald. Steven Cross, the former supervisor, must also pay $2.8 million in restitution after admitting to the fortune he made through a kickback scheme at Calder. Cross must begin his jail time no later than July 31.
Cross stole at least $3.5 million from Calder over a 10-year period by billing the track for chemicals and services then splitting the money with his cohorts. His cohorts included business owners Israel Campos and Mark Cantrell. Campos will serve 33 months for wire fraud and will pay $1.6 million in restitution. Cantrell will serve 13 months for charges of fraud and tax evasion. He will pay $1.2 million in restitution.
Once released from jail, Cross will be supervised for three years during which time he will undergo treatment for substance abuse problems and pathological gambling.