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Classic Empire jockey Leparoux allegedly defrauded, according to report

Classic Empire jockey Leparoux allegedly defrauded, according to report

Classic Empire jockey Julien Leparoux, scheduled to ride in Saturday's Preakness, allegedly was defrauded by a former financial adviser, according to a federal indictment reportedly handed down this month in Lexington, Ky.

Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that Leon Smith, a former Kentucky men’s basketball team staff member, faces felony charges of transferring $14,000 from an account in Leparoux’s name in 2012 to one opened in the name of Smith’s management company. The U.S. Department of Justice reportedly also charges that Smith forged Leparoux’s signatures on two Internal Revenue Service tax refund checks and twice misappropriated the...

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