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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Top Harness Racing Driver Charged in Fixing Scheme

WHITE PLAINS, New York -- Harness racing's most successful driver, Herve Filion, and four other people have been charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing money from bettors in a race-fixing scheme.

In charges filed Wednesday, the five are accused of conspiring to fix races at Yonkers Raceway and tampering with sports contests.

"The betting public was essentially fleeced out of their bets as a result of the race-fixing," said attorney general Dennis Vacco.

Prosecutors allege that the public lost more than $200,000 in bets when Filion and the others, including and a Scarsdale, New York, man believed to head a multimillion-dollar sports betting ring, tampered with races.

Charged with Filion, 55, were drivers Darron Ryder, 29, and Frederick Grant, 44, both of New Jersey, and David Lee Ingraham, 34, of suburban New York.

Ingraham was not named in an earlier indictment announced in August charging the drivers and Daniel Kramer, 44, of Scarsdale, the alleged mastermind of the sport betting ring, with race tampering.

Filion has has almost 15,000 wins and is in the racing Hall of Fame.

He was the only one of the alleged conspirators not to be arraigned on the new charges Wednesday because his attorney was out of town.

Authorities say the operation stretched from New York to Las Vegas to the Caribbean, taking in more than $200,000 a day.