Guilty Plea Expected in Pick 6 Case; Giuliani Firm Hired

Guilty Plea Expected in Pick 6 Case; Giuliani Firm Hired
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Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, at Saratoga this summer.
The New York Times reports that fired Autotote employee Chris Harn will enter a guilty plea today to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and computer fraud and one count of money laundering in connection with the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 scandal.

Meanwhile, the Times also reported that National Thoroughbred Racing Association will announce later today that it has hired Giuliani Partners, a consulting firm owned by former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, to conduct a review of large betting payoffs around the country.

The Times said sources close to the negotiations over the Ultra Pick 6 charges said Harn, a former senior programmer with Autotote who resides in Newark, Delaware, will enter the guilty pleas and cooperate in the investigation. In addition to Harn, federal charges have been filed against Derrick Davis of Baltimore, who held the winning Breeders' Cup tickets; and Glen DaSilva of New York. They are charged in connection with allegedly fixing a $3-million ticket on this year's Ultra Pick 6.

According to the Times, Harn outlined the following schemes under which wagers were fixed.

"For the past year, Harn was able to graft the bar code from uncashed tickets onto a test ticket used at Autotote for maintenance or repair. Harn then distributed them to Davis and DaSilva, who would insert them in the automated betting machines at racetracks and receive a betting voucher," the newspaper reported. "They would avoid taking the initial counterfeit tickets to a betting clerk because of the unusual appearance of the altered test ticket. The men might make a small bet off the voucher but would eventually take it to a clerk, who would pay off the balance in cash. It was a painstaking scheme that required frequent trips to thoroughbred and harness tracks like Aqueduct, Philadelphia Park, Monmouth Park and Freehold. The men avoided high-payoff tickets that required any I.R.S."

Complete story, New York Times

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