NEW YORK — A racehorse coach pleaded responsible in New York on Wednesday to expenses associated to a scheme to present horses performance-enhancing medication.
Jorge Navarro entered the plea in Manhattan federal courtroom, the place sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 17.
Navarro was charged final 12 months together with over two dozen others in a crackdown by federal authorities on what they described as a widespread worldwide scheme to hurry up horses with medication.
In a launch, U.S. Legal professional Audrey Strauss known 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 mentioned the horses that Navarro skilled and doped included XY Jet, a thoroughbred who received the 2019 Gold Shaheen race in Dubai. The horse died final 12 months 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 way of doping, prosecutors mentioned.
A message searching for remark was despatched to Navarro’s lawyer.