Boston GP CFO pleads guilty to fraud, money laundering and more

John Casey, chief financial officer of IndyCar’s failed Boston Grand Prix, has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud.

Boston GP CFO pleads guilty to fraud, money laundering and more

Casey, who was CFO of the Boston Grand Prix organization which was trying to bring an IndyCar race to the city’s Seaport district, was indicted in September 2020 for not only channeling funds for his own personal gain but also laundering the proceeds of the scheme and failing to report this as income to the IRS.

According to WCVB5.com, the website of Chronicle, a Boston newsmagazine, Casey has pleaded guilty to “23 counts of wire fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, four counts of money laundering and three counts of filing false tax returns.”

The Grand Prix of Boston announced the signing of license agreements and a memorandum of understanding with the City of Boston and state agencies on April 14, 2016, yet barely more than two weeks later the event was canceled, and less than four weeks after that IndyCar filed a lawsuit against the organizers.

Eventually, IndyCar covered the $900,000-plus refunds to fans when it was revealed that Boston GP had only $60,000 in assets against liabilities of some $9m.

Today, Federal prosecutors revealed that the Boston GP organization “made payments to or on behalf of Casey totaling approximately $308,292 in 2015 and $601,073 in 2016 which Casey failed to include in the gross income he claimed on his personal tax returns for those years.”

Prosecutors have revealed further financial irregularities regarding an ice-rink that Casey owned, and that he fraudulently obtained economic injury disaster loans and paycheck protection program loans during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in approximately $676,552 in COVID-19 relief funds being deposited into bank accounts controlled by Casey.

Casey is expected to be sentenced in February.

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