New Hampshire greyhound execs hit by indictments
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2005:
CONCORD, N.H.– Responding to a report by New Hampshire
attorney general Kelly Ayotte that a consortium called the New
Hampshire Gaming Association is unfit to hold a dog racing license,
“The Lakes Region Greyhound Park is actively seeking a buyer and upon
finding one, may surrender its racing license under a tentative deal
with the attorney general’s office even before the state Pari-Mutual
Commission conducts hearings on whether to revoke it,” Fosters Daily
Democrat staff writer John Koziol reported on March 29, 2005.
The Lakes Region Grey-hound Park has reportedly lost money recently
and laid off staff.
Former Lakes Region Greyhound Park general manager Richard
Hart and assistant general manager Jonathan Broome were among 17
people indicted in January 2005 for allegedly running a five-state
illegal betting ring based in Concord, New Hampshire that handled
$200 million in just four years. The ring allegedly operated within
an entity called the International Players Association.
The money “was laundered through various off-site betting
companies, including Euro Off-Track on the Isle of Man in the United
Kingdom,” wrote Providence Journal State House Bureau reporter
At least six members of the Hart family, some now suing each
other, were involved in running the Lakes Region Greyhound Park and
International Players Association. They bought the track in 1991,
three years after Richard Hart and his brother Kenneth were convicted
of running an illegal gambling ring in Massachusetts.
Indicted with Hart and Broome were three alleged associates
of the Gambino organized crime family. The International Players
Association arrangements purportedly allowed one alleged Gambino
associate, Anthony Uvari, to collect a tax refund of $156,794 in
2003 by claiming gambling losses that were actually incurred by other
The scheme used live feeds of greyhound races from Lincoln
Park in Rhode Island, among other tracks. Told of the indictments
on January 20, Lincoln Park did not quit providing live feeds to the
Lakes Region track and Euro Off-Track until March 4, one day after
Grey 2K USA president Carey Theil asked the Rhode Island Department
of Business Regulation to order Lincoln Park to stop.