Witness To Racer's $2B Tribal Loan Scam Avoids Prison

Law360, New York (September 11, 2019, 3:45 PM EDT) -- A Missouri woman whose testimony helped convict racer Scott Tucker of operating a $2 billion tribal payday loan scam avoided prison Wednesday when a Manhattan federal judge credited her remorse and her value as a cooperating witness at Tucker's high-profile trial.

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel hit Crystal Grote, 39, with a $10,000 fine and ordered her to spend two years on probation for lying about Tucker's criminal empire in civil litigation brought by the Federal Trade Commission.

"This case is serious. Lying under oath. Lying to a federal officer," Judge Castel said. But as a college dropout who began...

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