Funds From Illegal Casino go to Saving Horses

May 30, 2014

tpr horse 1In June of 2013, detectives from the Vice/Narcotics Division received several complaints from the community regarding the TPR Casino operating in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Detectives identified George Wells as the manger of the casino, which was reportedly being operated to benefit Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., (TPR); a charitable organization located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

During a lengthy investigation, evidence revealed Wells used TPR, Inc.,’s non profit charitable status as a front and intentionally used proceeds from the casino operation for his personal benefit. Wells maintained thousands of dollars in proceeds were routinely being given to TPR, Inc., and they were not. TPR, Inc.,’s president had no knowledge of the casino’s existence.

In December 2013, George Raymond Wells, 56, of Huntingtown, was formally charged with running a gambling house and theft scheme $10,000 – $100,000.

On May 14, 2014, Captain Dan Alioto and Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel White presented the president of TPR, Inc., Kimberly Clarke, with a check in the amount of $18,981.00; proceeds obtained by Wells as a result of his scheme.

tpr 3“This investigation is a perfect example of the effectiveness of partnerships. From the original complaints received from the community to intelligence gathered by patrol deputies and the guidance provided from the State’s Attorney’s Office in conjunction with a thorough and detailed investigation. It was a very good day for all of us to be able to expose Wells and his illegal scheme and give this money to the rightful owner. This should send a clear message to anyone who thinks they will use a charitable organization as a front for illegal activity,” — Captain Dan Alioto.

“This case was never about card games as much as it was about the defendant raising donations on behalf of a simple charity and then putting all the money into his pocket. We are proud to have helped the Sheriff’s team return these funds to their rightful owner – decent hardworking people at TPR,” — ASA Daniel White.

“I think it’s wonderful! It really does save horses lives. That money goes directly to saving their lives. So nice to have people do such a good thing because it was the right thing to do. It was a total surprise. We always struggle to raise money. It made a huge difference, ” — Kimberly Clarke, President, Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., (TPR).

tpr 4What is Thoroughbred Placement Resources Inc.,?

We counsel, consult and teach others how to successfully transition, retrain and find homes for thoroughbreds. We help trainers and owners find new homes and lives for their retiring or retired Thoroughbred racehorses. TPR strives to improve the reputation of the Thoroughbred by providing correct information about this wonderful breed. Kimberly Clark, the founder of TPR has written a book, “New Track, New Life: A Guide to Understanding and Re-Training Your Off-Track Thoroughbred,” to promote correct training principles through better understanding of ex-racers, this book is available for free download to the public. TPR offers a clinic series both at the racetrack and at the farm to teach horsemen how to better understand and train retired Thoroughbred racehorses using hands-on methods. TPR, Inc. is a 501(c )(3) charitable organization run solely by volunteers. 100% of your contribution goes toward helping horses in need. Donations are tax deductible pursuant to applicable laws. Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. exists to improve the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses. For more information please visit TPR’s website at goodhorse.org.

These are just a few the horses being cared for by TPR, Inc., donations until they find a forever home.