Autotote Scam wasn’t the first
By Paul
The company that employed the man behind the Breeders' Cup betting scandal fired a worker in 1999 for attempting to redeem counterfeit tickets. And now, the Delaware racing authorities want to know why they weren’t informed.

The industry newspaper said an employee for Autotote Corp., working in the tote room at Delaware Park, was caught by track personnel while trying to redeem counterfeit tickets in a supervisor's office. The employee was turned over to Autotote, Bill Fasy, chief operating officer at Delaware Park.

'We had mechanisms in place to pick it up,' Fasy said. 'He confessed to what he did and restitution was made.'

Officials for Autotote, which handles most of the nation's (legal!) computer betting, confirmed to the paper that the employee in question had been fired but declined further comment.

The Delaware Racing Commission said Friday it plans to investigate how the '99 ticket scam was attempted, and why the commission wasn't notified.

On Wednesday, former Autotote computer programmer Chris Harn admitted in court he was the inside man for a series of betting scams on horses that climaxed last month with a winning Breeders' Cup Pick Six wager worth over $3 million.

Harntold a federal judge he used his job at Autotote to manipulate bets during races. He also implicated his two co-defendants, who were members of his fraternity in college.

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