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A Penn National Race track official has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud. Craig Lytel, of Pennsylvania, is accused of accepting money and gifts in exchange for giving horse trainers inside information that would help them decide which races to enter their horses so they had a better chance of winning.
Lytel was an employee of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Track (Penn National) who served as a racing official at the track. He received an interstate wire transfer of $1,000 from a Kentucky bank allegedly in exchange for providing inside information on the makeup of horse races at Penn National.
Prosecutors allege Lytel deprived his employer of his honest service by accepting cash, dinners, gift cards and golf outings in exchange for the information.
The court must approve the the plea deal. Lytel faces a maximum sentences of 20-years in prison, supervised release, and a fine.