It's been a long road interrupted by COVID-19, but the federal case involving alleged doping violations by Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro, as well as twelve other defendants were arraigned today. All plead not guilty to the charges in a superseding indictment. Five of the charges are split among the defendants.
The original indictment was filed on February 26th and entered on March 9th. A new, superseding indictment was filed on November 5th. The new indictment adds a charge of wire fraud against Servis, Alexander Chan and Kristian Rhein. The wire fraud charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison alone. Servis was one of only three of the 14 who participated in the hearing today. The hearing was held via telephone because of COVID-19.
The charges against Navarro remain unchanged and include two counts of drug adulteration and misbranding.
The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York reads, "Servis, Rhein, Chan, and others created fraudulent veterinary bills that were sent to racehorse owners, including a racehorse owner in the Southern District of New York, which falsely billed owners for the undisclosed use of adulterated and misbranded drugs on the owners' horses."
Veterinarian Seth Fishman has also been charged for "sentencing exposure implications," meaning that he did not stop his illegal conduct after being arrested and released in October 2019. Fishman has also been charged with Lisa Giannelli, a co-defendant, for using his veterinarian license to obtain prescription drugs, which they then stored and sold to customers without valid prescriptions.
Scott Robinson, allegedly operated a website where trainers could purchase performance-enhancing drugs. Sarah Ishaki allegedly supplied the drugs via smuggling. They are also charged with drug adulteration and misbranding.