3 accused of defrauding Florida racetrack

MIAMI — The former track supervisor at South Florida's Calder Race Course and two maintenance contractors are charged in an alleged scheme that stole millions of dollars from the thoroughbred racetrack.

Federal prosecutors say the three concocted fake invoices for grounds maintenance chemicals, most of which were never delivered. Court documents say Calder lost $4.5 million over a decade through this and other kickback schemes.

Charged with fraud and tax evasion is 53-year-old Steven Cross, Calder's track superintendent from 1992 to 2008. Cross faces a maximum 25 years in prison if convicted. Court records Thursday did not list an attorney for Cross.

Also charged in the case are two men who owned janitorial supply businesses. Court documents also say unnamed plumbing, welding and painting contractors also allegedly paid kickbacks to Cross.

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