April 2016 Issue - page 6

Page 6
April 2016
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
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Lytle to Serve 4 Months
in Race Rigging Scheme
Press release
The U.S. Attorney’s Office
for the Middle District of Penn-
sylvania announced February
18 that a racing official at Penn
National Race track in Grant-
ville, was sentenced to 4 months
in prison today by Chief U.S.
District Court Judge Christopher
C. Conner.
According to United
States Attorney Peter Smith,
Craig Lytel, age 61, of Her-
shey, PA was an employee of
the Hollywood Casino at Penn
National Race Track (Penn
National) who served as a
racing official at the track.
Lytel pled guilty in September
2015 to wire fraud for accept-
ing money and other gratuities
in exchange for providing
inside information to train-
ers on which races to enter
their horses in order to have a
better chance at winning. On
one occasion Lytel was the
recipient of an interstate wire
transfer of $1,000 from a bank
in Kentucky to Lytel’s bank in
Pennsylvania in exchange for
providing inside information
on the makeup of horse races
at Penn National. Lytel admit-
ted to accepting cash, dinners,
gift cards and golf outings in
exchange for the information,
thereby depriving his employ-
er of his honest service and
defrauding other horsemen and
the betting public. The iden-
tities of the trainers who paid
Lytel for the information was
not disclosed by the govern-
ment as the investigation is
ongoing.
Lytel was sentenced to serve
4 months in a federal prison and
was ordered to surrender at the
institution selected by the Bureau
of Prisons by 10 a.m. on March
23, 2016.
The case was investigat-
ed by the Harrisburg Resident
Office of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation and the Penn-
sylvania Horse Racing Com-
mission as part of an ongoing
investigation of racing at Penn
National.
Prosecution of the case was
handled by Assistant United
States Attorney William A.
Behe.
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