11/20/2014 12:40PM

Penn National clocker gets fine, probation

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A clocker at Penn National Race Course who was indicted late last year by federal prosecutors for allegedly falsifying workout times was sentenced to one year’s probation and a $2,500 fine on Wednesday, according to court records.

Danny Robertson, who agreed this summer to plead guilty to one count of federal wire fraud, was accused by federal prosecutors last November of accepting payments from trainers and owners to record false workout times for horses. Because the workout times were published for horses in races that were simulcast nationwide, the prosecutors said the crime was a federal violation.

Robertson was one of four individuals based at Penn National who were arrested at the track after the release of the indictments. The other three were trainers who were accused of giving illegal drugs to horses.

Robertson faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine under the federal wire count charge.

U.S. prosecutors announced the arrests and indictments with great fanfare, calling the charges the culmination of a four-year investigation on Penn’s backstretch.

One of the trainers named in the indictment, Sam Webb, had his case thrown out earlier this year by the same judge that sentenced Robertson. Another trainer, David Wells, has reached a plea agreement in which three federal charges will be dropped in exchange for a guilty plea of a misdemeanor state charge. The other trainer, Patricia Anne Rogers, has had her case moved to a county court, with a trial date set for spring of next year.

Len Willschick More than 1 year ago
It's the same story over and over again. This time a clocker commits fraud and gets a one year suspension and a $2500 fine? What kind of message does that send out? In what other business would someone like this not be fired outright?
J Vette More than 1 year ago
HOW was this guy NOT FIRED ????? $2,500 FINE, what a joke, he had to make 100 times that amount betting "slow" workout horses he clocked.....Trainers cheating, WOW, never heard of that before...HOW are these guys still training & have a licence ????? Where else can you commit a "gambling" crime & still be allowed to work in gambling business ????
harpharper . More than 1 year ago
As many times as the Feds have been to Penn National in the last 15 years I wonder why they haven't opened a field office adjacent to the paddock?
Thomas McDonald More than 1 year ago
It sounds like handslaps all around.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
All I can say is what a joke. I could make fun of Penn National in general, but I won't. But, to put the wrong times on workouts....makes me laugh. Note to trainers....no one cares. Some works are slow, some are fast....what's more important is who's the conditioner and what is the pattern of when a horse worked. Criminals are just stupid...and obviously these involved aren't the brightest bulbs on the tree....heck they're at Penn National.....oops...I had to go there. : )
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
Is Robertson still working as a clocker? I would ask Mr. Hegarty to please inform us in this regard. And what of the trainers who bribed him to commit fraud? Is no action being taken against them?