Danny Robertson, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of wire fraud for his role in falsifying workouts for cash, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William Caldwell to one year's probation and fined $2,500 on Wednesday.
Robertson, who had been employed by Hollywood Casino at Penn National, was indicted on one count of wire fraud by a grand jury last November as part of a wide-ranging investigation into activities at the Grantville, Pa., racetrack. He pleaded guilty in June, admitting that he accepted cash payments to falsify workouts for trainers, and agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in what is believed to be an ongoing investigation.
According to the plea agreement, the maximum sentence for wire fraud is 20 years imprisonment and $250,000 fine.
Robertson was one of four individuals indicted. Federal charges against trainer Samuel Webb were dropped, though he is facing charges in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas and has a Jan. 12, 2015, trial date. An agreement between prosecutors and David Wells was reached in which federal charges will be dropped if he pleads guilty in the same Dauphin County Court. Attorneys for trainer Patricia Rogers are negotiating a plea agreement, though a trial date has been set in federal court for March 9, 2015.
Robertson was suspended without pay at the time of the indictment (his license was also suspended by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission) and terminated in January 2014, according to Penn National officials.
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