Feds claim the PED case includes 30 harness traces


by BillFinley

In a document known as the Bill of Particulars, the government has compiled a long list of victims in the matter involving the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs in trotting by five people who are currently charged. The list includes 30 trotting tracks where defendants Richard Banca, Rene Allard and Thomas Guido III raced and allegedly used PEDs.

When US District Judge Fr. Kevin Castel denied a motion by the defendants’ attorneys to dismiss the charges, he directed the prosecutors to present the defense attorney with a bill of particulars. A BOM is a written document that requires a party to explain the allegations in their complaint or petition in more detail.

The charges against Guido, Banca and Allard also include Louis Grasso and Donato Poliseno, both accused of distributing illegal drugs. Poliseno was the owner of a Delaware-based veterinary supply business and Grasso is a veterinarian.

The five have been charged with drug counterfeiting and false trademark conspiracy and face up to five years in prison.

This particular charge does not include anyone associated with the Thoroughbred deer, which is why the list of victims only includes traces of dishes.

The Bill of Particulars alleges that in order to avoid exposure of their administration of PEDs, the defendants had to defraud and mislead government agencies, including race regulators, racetracks, pharmacies, border officials and the betting public, thereby making all of the above victims of their conspiracy.

Apparently, the alleged doping was so widespread that it took place on almost every trotting track in North America. Top tracks like Meadowlands, Yonkers, Woodbine Mohawk, Red Mile and Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack made the list, along with numerous smaller tracks like Charlottetown Driving Park, Hiawatha Horse Park, Ocean Downs and Batavia Downs.

Victims also include numerous state and provincial agencies such as the New Jersey State Racing Commission and the New York State Gaming Commission. It also includes agencies in states that do not have harness racing, such as the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission and the Texas Racing Commission.

The government said the defendants manufactured, bought, sold, shipped, delivered, received and administered “at least thousands of PED units…”. In a show about the extent to which they would acquire the drugs, Poliseno, Grasso and Allard allegedly used 40 different pharmacies, including ones in Alabama, Idaho and Texas.

Other casualties include the Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Agency, US Customs and Border Protection, Canada Border Services Agency, and the United States Tratting Association, as well as other government agencies such as state veterinary agencies, state pharmacy boards, and state departments of health.

In other developments related to the ongoing doping scandal that has rocked Thoroughbred and Standardblood racing, trapeze coach Rick Dane Jr. has commuted his plea to not guilty and is awaiting conviction. He faced one charge of conspiracy to commit drug adulteration and false labeling and one charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Coach Chris Oakes, who had close ties to convicted thoroughbred coach Jorge Navarro, will be sentenced Friday. Oakes, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of misbranding and counterfeiting drugs with intent to defraud or deceive and faces up to three years in prison.


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