|Bloodhorse.com article -|
By Frank Angst, @BH_FAngst March 27, 2015 12:02 PM
Four Penn National Vets Face Federal Charges:
"In the most recent charges, the four veterinarians are accused of administering drugs to Thoroughbred race horses within 24 hours of when the horses were entered to race. Prosecutors say those administrations violate state law that prohibits the rigging of publicly exhibited contests, violate laws on administering drugs not pursuant to a valid prescription, and constitute misbranding of the prescription animal drugs in violation of federal law."--end quote
"The alleged activity took place at various times beginning as early as 1986 and continued up to August 2014. The defendants allegedly conspired with horse trainers, whose identities are "known to the United States," to administer the drugs in violation of the laws, rules, and regulations governing the conduct of Thoroughbred racing. --end quote
According to the charges, trainers allegedly placed orders for drugs. The defendants, after administering the drugs, allegedly backdated the billing records to avoid detection. The defendants allegedly submitted false veterinarian treatment reports to the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission, omitting from those reports any reference to the drugs administered to horses at the track on race day."