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More Guilty Pleas In US Gambling Ring Case

Thursday, 27th April 2006

In the US, Gerald Uvari & David Appelbaum have "both pleaded guilty to felony counts of operating an illegal gambling business" & "face the possibility of up to 5 years in prison" reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The US Attorney's office indicted 17 people in the headline-hogging case & of the 16 still living (Marvin Meyerowitz died last May in an apartment fire) 9 have now pleaded guilty, including trainer Greg Martin (who 3 weeks ago admitted "helping fix a race at Aqueduct when he administered a milkshake" to winner A One Rocket). Uvari, 68, "has been described as an associate of the Gambino organised crime organization"; he was initially charged with money laundering & wire fraud, & his brother Cesare & son Anthony have also pleaded guilty to the illegal gambling charge. Appelbaum, 57, is a former thoroughbred owner; trainer Martin "said in court he passed information along to Appelbaum expecting him to tell other members of his gambling ring that the horse would win the race because he would have an unfair advantage".

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