Belmont Park Employee Charged with Grand Larceny, Accepting Counterfeit Cash

by | 08.30.2013 | 8:47am

A cashier at Belmont Park is facing several criminal charges after being arrested for ‘knowingly accepting' thousands of dollars in counterfeit money from two associates in exchange for betting receipts. The two associates would then take the receipts to a different cashier and exchange them for real money.

According to a report at, Karen Pommells was arrested and faces charges of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that on May 19, 2012, Pommells, “in her capacity at the New York Racing Association's Belmont Park, accepted $4,800 in counterfeit U.S. currency from two associates in exchange for valid betting receipts.” Those two associates then took the receipts to other cashiers and exchanged them for real cash.

“This defendant didn't just break the law, she broke the trust placed in her by her employer and the people of New York,” Rice said.


  • Tinky

    Ironically, genuine greenbacks won’t be worth much more than counterfeit bills in the not too distant future.

    The dollar, once backed by gold, is now backed only by “the full faith and credit” of the U.S. government. Funny that. given that the U.S. is completely broke, and will NEVER be able to repay its debts.

    • betterthannothing

      True and scary!

    • LaraHa

      and in october will declare that to the world.

  • Rocket Scientist

    This is a horse racing forum. Leave your political non-sense at home.

    • C Hogan

      It’s the truth and the non-sense belongs to climate change and Al Goer.

  • SteveG

    Deja vu all over again…A crooked teller at NYRA? Just one?

    I’m surely not the only bettor who remembers a much larger case of criminality on the part of NYRA tellers (and several officials who were also indicted) 10 or so years ago…money laundering, dipping into the tills, loan-sharking.

    I believe it was the legendary Dewey, Cheatem & Howe who were then charged, after being hand-picked by…NYRA, to keep the ship on course….at least that’s what the notices said. (which were ubiquitously posted around the tracks to “win back” player trust)

    • betterthannothing

      What about the Getnick & Getnick investigation of then love affair with, payola from the NYRA? That was a beauty!

  • Farmrose

    This is crime, not politics. Though it is easy to confuse the two.

  • elkton stable

    Racing is not the only business faced with this type of criminal activity. It is present to different degrees in all businesses. NYRA most likely has detection capability that exceeds most other businesses. Just take a look at the flagrant theft and corruption in our government and the banking and investment industry. Maybe NYRA ought to contract out to catch and prosecute these other urchins running around among us. It is unfortunate that things like this happen. It is fortunate that NYRA is on the job. This case provrs this and it looks as though it was a bit complicated to figure out. Well done NYRA watchdogs, go get em.

  • Real Deal

    Tinky you are a confused individual. Greenbacks are the currency of choice across the globe. I know; those pesky facts getting in the way of your Tea Party fantasies!

    • 14151617

      .Crime, Politics, Organized Gambling,Sports.
      All go hand in hand where ever the money is that is the gathering place.

  • wally

    This is nothing. There are worse money laundering goin on in telebet as we speak

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