NEW YORK — A racehorse coach pleaded responsible on Wednesday to expenses associated to a scheme to offer horses performance-enhancing medicine.
Jorge Navarro entered the plea in Manhattan federal court docket, the place sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 17.
Navarro was charged final yr together with greater than two dozen others in a crackdown by federal authorities on what they described as a widespread worldwide scheme to hurry up horses with medicine.
In a launch, U.S. Lawyer Audrey Strauss referred to as Navarro a “reckless fraudster.”
Navarro was charged in a case that resulted within the arrests of trainers, veterinarians, drug distributors and others who benefitted from horses efficiently competing at racetracks all through the nation, together with in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky and the United Arab Emirates.
Prosecutors stated the horses that Navarro educated and doped included XY Jet, a thoroughbred who received the 2019 Golden Shaheen race in Dubai. The horse died final yr of an obvious coronary heart assault.
As a part of his plea, Navarro agreed to pay restitution of over $25 million, reflecting winnings obtained by doping, prosecutors stated.
A message looking for remark was despatched to Navarro’s lawyer.