|Three men who rigged bets on the Breeders’ Cup have been sentenced. The group of men tried to get away with $3 million worth of winnings. The greedy amount immediately arose suspicion, especially as it came from several long shots.|
After the $3 million and other prizes were frozen an investigation was held that led to the arrest of the three men. Even so it wasn’t until that one of them, Chris Harn, helped the authorities that the case went smoothly.
Harn was a computer programmer for Autotote, the company that processed the horse racing bets. Pivotal to the crime he testified in court that he rigged Autotote’s computer system to fix the bets and implicated his accomplices. For his co-operation Harn found his prison sentence reduced from seven years to just one.
Harn’s partners in crime, two fraternity brothers, Glen DaSilva and Derrick Davis, received two and three years respectively. The three were fraternity brothers from Drexel University, Philadelphia, in the 1990s. All three men, aged 29, pleaded guilty and expressed deep regret at being caught.
Harn: 'I realize I've hurt a great number of people. Forgiveness is earned, not granted, and I hope to pay my debt to society not with words but with my future actions.'
Those that won bets on the Breeders’ Cup in the usual way will be pleased to know that the prize money will now be distributed among them.