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Investor in indicted firm denies a role

CONCORD, N.H. -- The owner of New Hampshire's Lakes Region Greyhound Park says he is an investor in a Concord company cited in a federal gambling investigation but has had nothing to do with running the company.

Allan Hart said he invested some startup money in International Players Association, the company cited in federal indictments that charged two other track executives with involvement in an illegal gambling conspiracy.

The company has been run by Hart's nephew, Richard Hart, who also is general manager of the dog track. Named in the indictments were Richard Hart and his assistant, Jonathan Broome. They've been suspended from the track.

"I want to be very clear," Allan Hart told the Union Leader. "There is no connection between the ownership of Lakes Region Greyhound Park and the operation of IPA or the allegations contained in the indictment."

The state's Pari-Mutuel Commission met Friday about the indictments and the track. It has taken no direct action against Lakes Region or Allan Hart. It has ordered Richard Hart and Broome to have no further contact with the track, its owners, or employees.

Harry Manion, Richard Hart's lawyer, said he thinks the commissioners "have correctly delineated the bright line of division" between IPA and Lakes Region park.

Richard Hart and Broome are accused of transferring illegal gambling wagers through IPA between off-site betting facilities in various states and overseas and a New York company allegedly associated with organized crime.

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