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La. jockeys arrested in race-fixing investigation

4 years 7 months 3 days ago Thursday, July 23 2015 Jul 23, 2015 July 23, 2015 10:56 AM July 23, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

OPELOUSAS – Louisiana State Police accused three Louisiana horse jockeys of being involved in a race-fixing scheme.


Troopers arrested 46-year-old Joseph Patin, 51-year-old Billy Patin and 24-year-old LeSean Conyers on charges of Willful Pulling of the Reins and Cheating and Swindling.

The Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division investigation stemmed from a complaint by the Louisiana Racing Commission on June 19, that the three suspects engaged in questionable riding tactics that affected the outcome of a race.

According to police, through evidence and interviews, Troopers were able to determine that the jockeys willfully schemed to hold back a horse picked as a favorite to win while having someone else place unusual bets to maximize winnings.

Joseph and Billy Patin were also arrested on warrants for Unnatural Stimulation of Horses - using a hand held shocking device while competing in races - during a July 4, race at the Evangeline Downs Race Track and Casino.

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