Florida resident faces 5 years in jail for scheme involving Servis, Navarro horses.
THE BLOODHORSE reports:
An operator of several pharmaceutical websites charged with conspiring to unlawfully distribute adulterated and misbranded performance-enhancing drugs for racehorses with the intent to defraud and mislead pled guilty April 23 in United States District Court.
Scott Mangini, 55, had been arrested and charged in a superseding indictment along with Craig Robinson for operating the HorsePreRace.com and HorseGold.com outlets that were at the center of federal indictments stemming from an investigation of a widespread scheme by racehorse trainers, veterinarians, PED distributors, and others to manufacture, distribute, and receive adulterated and misbranded PEDs and to secretly administer those PEDs to racehorses competing at all levels of the sport.
Trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro, who are still awaiting trial, are the most prominent names among that group. Read more »
Brian Robin reporting for OnlineGambling writes:
In November 2020, federal prosecutors handed down superseding indictments in the alleged horse doping scandal involving trainers Jason Servis, Jorge Navarro, and 12 other defendants. The new indictments tack on a charge of wire fraud to Servis and veterinarians Alexander Chan and Kristian Rhein.
All three pleaded not guilty to the new charges. Those came in an indictment filed Nov. 5 that supersedes the original Feb. 26 indictment entered on March 9. The three and Navarro were among 27 individuals named in that March indictment, charged with working to “manufacture, distribute, and receive adulterated and misbranded PEDs and to secretly administer those PEDs to racehorses …” according to the original indictment.
The original charges bring a maximum of five years in prison. The new charges against Servis, Rhein, and Chan come with up to 20 years, along with financial forfeiture penalties. Navarro won’t face additional charges as of now. He’s currently accused of two counts of drug adulteration and misbranding.
Prosecutors filed the new indictment in US District Court in the Southern District of New York. It alleges “Servis, Rhein, Chan, and others created fraudulent veterinary bills that were sent to racehorse owners, including a racehorse owner in the Southern District of New York, which falsely billed owners for the undisclosed use of adulterated and misbranded drugs on the owners’ horses.” More here »