Mountaineer horse racetrack's ex-bookkeeper guilty of embezzling
A federal jury on Friday convicted a former bookkeeper at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort of embezzling $1.3 million from the Horseman's Purse Account and using part of the proceeds on her home in Virginia.
Anita Ambler, also known as Anita Webb, 49, of Reva, Va., was convicted of 11 counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud and four counts of making transactions using criminal proceeds.
The jury heard evidence that Ambler managed and controlled the Horseman's account, which contains money deposited by horsemen as well as proceeds from race winnings from Mountaineer's thoroughbred racetrack near Chester, W.Va.
Prosecutors in Wheeling, W.Va., contended that Ambler used forged checks and false deposits to hide the thefts, which occurred from March 2005 until she quit her job in August 2010.
According to prosecutors, Ambler issued checks in the names of family members and in the name of a business she owned called Forgotten Farms. Prosecutors said she covered the thefts by making false entries in Mountaineer's Internet-based accounting system.
An audit conducted after Ambler left her job uncovered the thefts.
Prosecutors said Ambler used about $200,000 of the stolen money on her home and 5 acres of land in the community of Reva, about 80 miles southwest of Washington.
Ambler could face up to 20 years imprisonment for each of the mail and wire fraud charges and 10 years imprisonment on each of the transacting charges. She faces hefty fines on each count.
The jury also found that Ambler must forfeit her real estate in Reva and the vehicle she purchased with proceeds from the scheme. She faces a forfeiture judgment of more than $1.3 million.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Dormont man missing since Wednesday found dead at Station Square
- Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto works to smooth path for business ties with Cuba
- Bethel Park teacher’s profane tweet raises eyebrows
- State lawmaker proposes changes to Penn State’s board of trustees
- Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto returning from manufacturing trade mission to Cuba
- Police seek help finding missing Squirrel Hill man
- U.S. Marshals task force arrests homicide suspect in Monroeville
- Penn Hills votes to sell, lease vacant school space
- $750K earmarked to help Allegheny County ‘Live Well’
- Newsmaker: Doug Ogden
- North Shore access to be limited Saturday for Chesney concert, officials say