High court backs racing commission

November 09, 1996|By From staff reports

The Maryland Racing Commission acted within its authority in 1992 when it fined a racehorse owner $5,000 for his part in a betting scam at Laurel Park, the state's highest court said yesterday.

The Court of Appeals ruled that the commission has broad regulatory authority over the state racing industry, including the authority to fine thoroughbred owners like Frank Lussier, a Vermont racehorse owner who was fined $5,000 in 1992.

Lussier was fined for manipulating the odds on a series of races at Laurel in 1991 by falsifying workout times on horses that he had purchased and then bet on at Laurel and at Las Vegas casinos. Lussier, who was later indicted on federal wire fraud charges, was sentenced to eight months in federal prison May 24 for his role in the scam.

Pub Date: 11/09/96

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