12/09/2002 12:00AM

Pick six suspect likely to plead guilty


Glenn DaSilva, one of the three suspects in the pick six scandal, is scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday morning in White Plains, N.Y., where, officials say, he is expected enter a guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud.

According to officials close to the investigation, DaSilva, 29, will likely enter a guilty plea at the hearing as part of a deal with prosecutors. If he pleads not guilty, DaSilva would face any charges brought by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, James Comey. The government has until Dec. 17 to issue an indictment in the case, barring extensions.

Another suspect in the investigation, Derrick Davis, is scheduled to appear in federal court in White Plains on Thursday. Davis may also enter a guilty plea, officials said.

In a criminal complaint filed by Comey, DaSilva and Davis were accused of helping a former college roommate, Chris Harn, 29, of manipulating pick four and pick six bets through telephone-wagering accounts that DaSilva and Davis opened separately at Catskill Off-Track Betting Corporation.

Harn has already entered guilty pleas to two felony conspiracy charges and is assisting the U.S. attorney in the investigation. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 19 in White Plains, and face a maximum of 25 years in prison and a fine of $750,000. Harn is expected to get a much less severe sentence because of his cooperation in the investigation.

In his guilty plea, Harn also implicated DaSilva and Davis in a scheme to cash about $100,000 in unredeemed parimutuel tickets. In his plea, Harn admitted manipulating a bet on the Breeders' Cup pick six that he placed through an account Davis opened at Catskill. The ticket had all six winning wagers on the Breeders' Cup pick six and was worth almost $3.1 million.

DaSilva placed two winning wagers, a pick four on Oct. 3 and a pick six on Oct. 5, through his Catskill account. The tickets were worth of total of approximately $110,000. Harn admitted manipulating those tickets as well in his guilty plea.