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Arizona Track Owner's License Revoked

2 October 2001

ARIZONA – Oct. 2, 2001 – As reported by the Arizona Republic: "State officials have revoked the racing license of Turf Paradise owner Jerry Simms, citing his alleged ties to organized crime figures and involvement in a California bribery scandal.

"…The Department of Racing's denial of a license to Simms is a reversal of its controversial May 2000 decision to grant him a license even after it uncovered evidence he made questionable payments to California public officials. Those allegations later disqualified Turf Paradise from broadcasting its races to Arizona's Indian casinos.

"A follow-up investigation revealed a $2.2 million series of loans from Simms to former casino owner Allen Glick, whom federal authorities have called a front for Mafia interests, officials said.

"…One potential way for Simms to settle his troubles is to sell his stake in the $53 million track, which amounts to slightly more than 50 percent…"

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