UPDATED: Pennsylvania HBPA Treasurer Missing In Wake Of ‘Accounting Irregularities’

by | 03.18.2016 | 12:17pm

UPDATED: The Dauphin County coroner has identified a body pulled out of the Susquehanna River on Sunday as Matthew Carter. Click here for more details.

Police in Pennsylvania are looking for Matthew Carter, the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association at Hollywood Casino at Penn National racetrack in Grantville. Carter has been missing since last month.

Sgt. Jonathan Kinsey of the Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that “we are looking for him” but would not say whether Carter was part of a criminal investigation. Kinsey would not confirm whether Carter left behind a note before his disappearance in February.

An employee reached by telephone at the Pennsylvania HBPA office at Penn National declined comment on how long Carter has been absent from his job and referred all questions to the organization's executive director, Todd Mostoller, who could not be reached for comment.

The Pennsylvania HBPA, through a public relations firm, issued the following statement: “Upon first learning of accounting irregularities, PA HBPA immediately contacted the Pennsylvania State Police. We will continue to fully cooperate with the state police, but due to the ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Carter is a 2009 graduate of the Racetrack Industry Program at the University of Arizona. Originally hired by the HBPA as executive assistant, he is listed on the organization's 2014 IRS Form 990 as secretary/treasurer with an annual salary of $49,199.

Penn National has been the focus of an unrelated federal investigation that has yielded a number of indictments against trainers, veterinarians, a clocker and a former racing office employee for wire fraud and race fixing.

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