|The York Times reports that Chris Harn, “one of three men charged with manipulating computerized bets and nearly walking away with a $3 million payoff at last month's Breeders' Cup,” has pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit wire and computer fraud and to money laundering. |
Harn also implicated his two co-defendants, whom he had gone to college with and for whom he had admittedly “placed a bet and later modified it so it would win.” Harn also admitted running another betting scam through which he and his partners made around $100,000 in the last year by counterfeiting copies of winning tickets that had never been cashed by bettors.
“By pleading guilty today Chris accepts full responsibility for his activities and he's asked me to offer his deepest apologies,” said Daniel Congi, Harn’s lawyer. United States Attorney James Comey said, “Christopher Harn's guilty plea represents a significant step forward in restoring the confidence that honest people should be able to have in the integrity of the race-wagering system.”
Harn will probably get less than the six-year prison term he could get, under federal guidelines for sentencing, for a crime of this nature. He and his partners combined phone accounts with access to “secure” computer files in order to collect from bets that were never truly won, among other scams.