Grasso, Louis & Richard Banca & Rene Allard

 Animal Abuse Registry

November 2022 – Louis Grasso, Richard Banca, and Rene Allard were sentenced to 50 months in prison, 30 months in prison, and 27 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in distributing misbranded drugs in service of a racehorse doping scheme. Grasso, a veterinarian, not only accepted payment in exchange for prescriptions for powerful and medically unnecessary PEDs, but he also created, distributed, and administered custom-made PEDs that were all misbranded substances designed to improve racehorse performance. Grasso collected over $47 million in ill-gotten winnings.

Banca and Allard, racehorse trainers, purchased and administered misbranded drugs to racehorses under their control. In addition to their prison terms, Louis Grasso, 65, of Pine Bush, New York, was sentenced to two years’ supervised release. Richard Banca, 47, of Middletown, New York, and Rene Allard, 35, of Canada, were each sentenced to one year of supervised release. Louis Grasso was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $47,656,576.

  • Listing ID: 28792
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