Arrest Gansett Jockey for Telephone Tampering: Walter J. Mann to be Arraigned in Providence Court on Tuesday, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-27


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Arrest Gansett Jockey For Telephone Tampering Walter J. Mann to Be Arraigned In Providence Court on Tuesday NARRAGANSETT PARK, Pawtucket, R. I., June 25. Jockey Walter J. Mann was arrested in downtown Providence Friday morning for tampering with telephone equipment and is to be arraigned in 6th district court on Tuesday morning. Mann is at present at liberty on ,500 bail. Arretted with Mann were Joseph J. Germano, 42, and Domenic J. Mufale, 39, both of Albany, N.Y. Detectives Stephen Maroney and John McMahon arrested the men after Albert Henius, special agent of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Co., reported that the men were making long distance calls from two pay stations in the lobby of a Providence Hotel, and had perfected a device to get their money back. Henius said the men were using the phones to give "hot tips" on the races to clients in other cites. Police said a key believed to have been , , used by the men to open the upper portion of the telephon case was found nearby. Henius said the trio would open the case and insert a piece of thread with which they could trip the mechanism to return their money after completing their calls. Mann, who rode Blue Fog, which paid 5.60 Thursday, was scheduled for two mounts on Friday, but was unable to keep the engagements due to his incarceration in Province city jail. Police said the trio was observed making the calls for about 45 minutes before they were surprised by police. Assisting in the investigation, directed by Cmdr. Walter E. Stone and Lt. Thomas B. Healey was Tin-cent Murphy head of the New England division of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. Both Mufale and Germano have ejection records from other race tracks for the pair were banned from Saratoga in 1947, and Germano also was banned from Jamaica in 1951, and from Belmont Park in 1952, as suspected bookmakers. As an aftermath to the affair Mann was today greeted with a stewards ruling suspending him for the remainder of the meeting, denying him the privilege of the grounds, and referring his case to the Rhode Island Racing Athletic Commission.

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