OPELOUSAS, LA (WVUE) - Three Louisiana horse jockeys have been arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged race fixing scheme.
Following an extensive investigation, troopers arrested Joseph Patin Jr, 46, Billy Patin, 51, and LeSean Conyers, 24, on charges of willful pulling of the reins, cheating and swindling.
The arrests stem from an investigation into a complaint received from the Louisiana Racing Commission. The fixed race allegedly occurred at Evangeline Downs, a race track in Opelousas, Louisiana, on June 19.
The three suspects engaged in "questionable riding tactics that affected the outcome of the race," according to complaints.
Through interviews and evidence obtained from track officials, Louisiana State Troopers say the jockeys willfully schemed to hold back a horse picked as a favorite to win. Troopers say an agent was utilized to place unusual bets in an attempt to maximize winnings.
Joseph and Billy Patin were also arrested on warrants for "unnatural stimulation of horses." Officials say the pair possessed hand-held shocking devices while competing in two separate races at the track.