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Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today secured a two-count felony plea from the former head of Capital District Region Off-Track Betting who was accused of bribery and defrauding the government.

The case against Davis Etkin is part of an ongoing investigation by the Attorney Generalís Criminal Prosecution Bureau and Public Integrity Unit examining the management of OTB.

Etkin, 72, of Niskayuna pleaded guilty before Judge Guy Tomlinson in Schenectady County Court to two charges: Bribing a Witness, a class "D" Felony; and Defrauding the Government, a class "E" Felony.

Etkin admitted that as President of OTB he used and diverted corporate assets for personal benefit, hired a no-show employee, and bribed a prospective grand jury witness.

"For years, Davis Etkin authorized expenditures that rewarded his family, friends and associates, and abused his position. With this plea, however, we have demonstrated that public officals -- no matter how influential or entrenched -- will be held accountable for their actions."

Submitted by: Werner Hetzner 

Source: Office of NY State Attorney General




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