Court Filing Shows Servis May Enter Plea Agreement In 2020 Federal Doping Case - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Court Filing Shows Servis May Enter Plea Agreement In 2020 Federal Doping Case

Trainer Jason Servis outside his barn at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ on Monday morning 7/15/19.

A document filed late Dec. 2 indicates former trainer Jason Servis may be preparing to enter a guilty plea in the federal drug adulteration and misbranding case against him.

On Dec. 1, co-defendant Dr. Alexander Chan entered a request for a change of plea hearing, which is set to take place on Dec. 5. Chan had been set to go to trial alongside Servis. His likely change to a guilty plea would have meant that Servis would have faced a jury alone.

The Government and counsel for defendant Jason Servis are currently in discussions regarding a potential pre-trial disposition, which may obviate the need for trial,” read the document in part. 

The document was a request from Servis' attorney for U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil to grant a one-week adjournment for an upcoming motions deadline. That request for the deadline adjournment has been granted. The trial is currently scheduled to start on Jan. 9.

Servis is facing charges of conspiracy to commit drug adulteration and misbranding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and and attempt and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

He is accused of having racehorses in his care, including multiple Grade 1 winner Maximum Security, injected with SGF-1000 and clenbuterol for the purpose of performance enhancement, and to direct that veterinary records be edited to conceal those administrations.

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