Texas Brothers Indicted In False Ownership Case

Ronnie Ray Allen and Ernest Eugene Allen, identified by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations as brothers from Silsbee, Texas, have been indicted on charges relating to horses that race under false ownership in 1996.

According to the TRA, the brothers have been indicted by a federal grand jury in western Kentucky on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., scheme to defraud, aiding and abetting, and racketeering. Their arraignment on the charges is pending, the TRA announced.

The charges relate to interstate transportation of a false security (the foal certificate) and a betting coup at Ellis Park on July 31, 1996, with the horses Loud Yac and Harrisburg. Both horses raced and won under the ownership of trainer Walter Johnson.

Harrisburg, a gelded son of High Brite, won the second race for $4,000 claimers and paid $9.40, $5.80, and $2.80. The exacta in the race paid $62.20 and the trifecta was worth $321.20. Also racing for a $4,000 tag in the 11th race, Loud Yac won by a nose, returning $20.20, $8.20, and $5.60. The exacta in that race was worth $111.00 and produced a trifecta payoff of $882.40.

The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau initiated an investigation immediately after the races and later contacted the FBI about possible federal violations. While his trial was underway last September, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of a forged security with intent to defraud.