07/22/2014 4:46PM

Judge accepts plea deal in Penn National clocker's case


A federal judge in Pennsylvania has accepted a plea agreement from a clocker at Penn National Race Course who was indicted last year for recording false workout times for horses, according to court records.

Judge William W. Caldwell accepted the agreement Tuesday, according to the records. Under the agreement, the clocker, Danny Roberston, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for accepting money from trainers to post false workout times. The times were later used in past-performance data, according to the indictment against Robertson.

Robertson’s attorney, Anne Gingrich Cornick, has not returned repeated phone calls.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, but those penalties are expected to be significantly reduced under the plea agreement. Robertson has also agreed to cooperate in any further investigations.
Robertson was one of the four individuals based at Penn National who were arrested last November after federal indictments were returned by a grand jury. The other three were trainers who were accused in the indictments of giving illegal drugs to horses.

One of the trainers, Sam Webb, had his case dismissed earlier this year when Caldwell, the same judge who accepted the plea deal, said the federal government could not prove its charges. In Webb’s case, the indictment stated that the trainer had been caught giving an illegal substance to a horse on race day, but the horse in question was scratched, introducing questions, according to Caldwell, as to how the federal government would support a charge contending the public was defrauded.

The other trainers are David Wells and Patricia Anne Rogers. Both had entered pleas of not guilty and requested stays to prepare their cases, which are scheduled to go to trial later this year. 

Race Race Race More than 1 year ago
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Penn national is the shadiest track in the country. Hands down!
Charley More than 1 year ago
If penalties were stiffer and followed through there would be less cheating. People also need to be banned for life with no chance to get reinstated.
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Actually he is the new parking attendant and a good one.Hopefully you will learn from your mistake Danny .The white Range Rover over by the oak tree.Yah,thats the one.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Whut's the judges' cut?
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
Why were the trainers who paid Robertson not charged as well? Hopefully Robertson's cooperation "in any further investigations" will lead to these trainers being charged.
gerald vinci More than 1 year ago
Like my daddy used to say",Where there's cash,there's crime."
Walter More than 1 year ago
Stories like this should resonate with the many folks who are very defensive when the subject of cheating in horse racing arises. Cheating does happen and it happens at many tracks in various methods.
vicgno More than 1 year ago
It happens at all walks of life--but not as much as people think--luckily these guys got caught
Debra Croff More than 1 year ago
oh my just another story of wrong doing thats being swept under the rug come on racing world grow a set will ya these people r crooks they need to be in jail
Mike Reinhardt More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize the racing world ran the judiciary system. Is this a new part of the Constitution I was unaware of?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
no wonder I stopped betting...... This, and the just posted drug article are ridiculous. And these are just the idiots who got caught.