Minnesota horse breeder charged with falsifying racing license app

Dr. Mohamed El Deeb, one of Minnesota’s leading breeders of horses has experienced 2 deadly fires at his barns that have killed 28 horses in all. His application to race horses was twice rejected over concerns about his treatment of animals.

Now, he's facing criminal charges related to what happened at his Buffalo, Minn. farm in 2008.

Timeline of incidents

2003: A fire at his farm kills 18 horses

2008: Misdemeanor charges of animal mistreatment at his Buffalo farm after investigators say they found neglect and dead horses. A plea deal reached and charges later dismissed.

September 2014: The state  rejects El Deeb's application to keep racing horses because of a "pattern of behavior"

December 2014: A fire at his farm in Buffalo kills 10 horses

2015: The state rejects his application to race horses again

Falsifying a license

As far as his current charges, the Scott County attorney alleges El Deeb falsified this 2014 racing license application and other years when asked "have you ever been arrested or charged with any crime?" He checked "no," despite the mistreatment charges in 2008.

El Deeb's attorney told Fox 9 that "any misstatement on the racing application was unintentional and not meant to mislead."

El Deeb remains free on his own recognizance, his horses off the tracks, but his future will be hard to bet on. The criminal charge is a gross misdemeanor, meaning he could face up to year in jail. There's also a court of appeals decision due any day related to his racing application denial.

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