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Four veterinarians charged for doping race horses at Penn National

| Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:03 p.m.

Four veterinarians conspired to give illegal drugs to thoroughbred race horses at a Pennsylvania race track, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kevin Brophy, 60, of Florida; Fernando Motta, 44, of Lancaster; Christopher Korte, 43, of Colorado; and Renee Nodine, 52, of Annville, are accused of treating race horses at Penn National Race Track in Grantville outside Harrisburg, according to the department of justice.

Trainers would allegedly place orders for the drugs, and veterinarians would administer them, according to the release. The vets would then put a false date on the billing records to avoid detection.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the practice dates back to as early as 1986, and law enforcement is aware of who the trainers are.

Each of the four vets received plea agreements, according to the department. The four will plead guilty and cooperate with the department.

The maximum penalty in these cases under the federal statute is 2 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $200,000 fine.

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