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Rojas Verdict: Not Guilty On Wire Fraud, Guilty On Misbranding Of Prescription Drugs

A jury in United States District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., has convicted Thoroughbred trainer Murray Rojas on 14 of 21 counts brought against her by the U.S. attorney’s office in a wide-ranging FBI criminal investigation into corruption at nearby Penn National racetrack. Their verdict came Friday evening after day-long deliberations that followed a nine-day trial. The […]

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Trainer Beattie At Rojas Trial: ‘Almost Everybody’ Illegally Treated Horses On Race Day

Stephanie Beattie threw fellow horsemen under the bus during her testimony for the prosecution Tuesday afternoon at the federal trial of Murray Rojas, a former rival for leading trainer honors at Penn National in Grantville, Pa. Beattie admitted she routinely had her horses illegally treated with therapeutic medications on race day by the same veterinarians […]

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Pennsylvania: The FBI Agent And The Trainer

Bruce Doupe is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has spent the last five of his 13 years at the FBI’s Harrisburg, Pa., office investigating what he calls ”allegations of criminal wrongdoing in the conduct of Thoroughbred racing at Penn National Race Course.” That characterization is taken from testimony Doupe gave […]

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Legal Defense Fund Created By National HBPA Supporting Indicted Penn National Trainer

A recently formed non-profit association affiliated with the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is helping fund the legal defense of trainer Murray Rojas, who has been charged with multiple counts of wire fraud and criminal conspiracy in a long-running federal investigation of horsemen and racing officials at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa. Articles […]

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Federal Grand Jury Expands Criminal Charges Against Penn National Trainer

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury brought additional criminal charges yesterday against a thoroughbred horse trainer already under indictment for wire fraud and criminal conspiracy. According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Murray L. Rojas, age 50, of Grantville, Pennsylvania was charged in […]

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Penn National Official Gets Four Months In Prison; Feds Continue Investigation

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a racing official at Penn National race track in Grantville, was sentenced to four months in prison today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner. According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Craig Lytel, age 61, of Hershey, Pa., was an […]

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Penn National Racing Official To Plead Guilty To Wire Fraud

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a racing official at Penn National Race track in Grantville has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud for accepting money and other gratuities in exchange for providing inside information to trainers on which races to enter their horses in order to […]

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Pennsylvania Trainer Rojas Indicted On Wire Fraud, Conspiracy Charges

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted a local thoroughbred horse trainer on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy. According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Murray L. Rojas, age 49, of Grantville, Pa., was charged in a five count indictment with […]

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Penn National Arrests: One Year Later

It’s been a year since three trainers and a clocker at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., were indicted on federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that remains active to this day, according to sources. What’s happened since last Nov. 20, when a federal grand jury issued indictments against trainers Samuel Webb, David Wells, […]

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Clocker in Penn National Case Signs Plea Deal, to Cooperate With Feds

Danny Robertson, the Penn National clocker who is one of three people facing federal criminal charges for defrauding the public, has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and has entered into a plea agreement that will be considered in a Harrisburg, Pa., court room next week. On June 25, Robertson signed the agreement admitting his guilt […]

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