|FBI agents have accepted the surrender of Derrick Davis of Baltimore, Christopher Harn of Newark, Delaware, and Glen DaSilva of New York, each 29, under warrants charging each with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, reports RollingGoodTimes.com. They allegedly rigged horse racing bets and “won” more than $3,000,000, in a scam using phones and computers. |
The three, friends since their days together in their college fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon at Drexel University in Philadelphia, had become “partners in crime,” said prosecutors. “The three thought they found a way to turn a gamble into a sure thing,’ said Kevin P. Donovan, head of the New York Field Office of the FBI. Each of the hooh-rah-rah frats now face up to five years in prison and fines, if convicted.
Harn and Davis are charged with making only three bets in October, through the Catskill Off-Track Betting Corporation of Pomona, NY, but with that they allegedly “won” the $3,000,000. Harn is an experienced computer programmer and had been entrusted by his employee to upgrade Catskill's phone-betting system, Autotote. The Feds found that DaSilva had opened an account with Catskill and with four bets quickly “won” an against-all odds Pick Six accumulator bet and a Pick Four wager accumulator bet for $1,757 and $107,608, respectively. The Feds have seized the $80,000 he e-deposited into his bank account after his second helping.
All three ex-frat buddies were released on personal recognisance by US Magistrate Judge Mark D. Fox, after posting $200,000 in bonds which the judge ordered must be co-signed by family members. The accused surrendered their passports and promised not to travel too far out of New York City.
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