Judge in Lexington determines damages in mare case

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge in Lexington has awarded $65 million to six people who invested in a mare leasing program that the judge said was almost entirely bogus from the beginning.

U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood granted a motion for summary judgment in August in the case against defendants in the ClassicStar Thoroughbred case, including former farm operators David Plummer and his son, Spencer Plummer; ClassicStar parent GeoStar; and GeoStar executives Tony Ferguson, Thom Robinson and John Parrott.

Hood did not determine damages until Friday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported (http://bit.ly/pU8bu7 ). ClassicStar is bankrupt, and it's not clear how much the plaintiffs may receive.

More than a dozen lawsuits are pending against ClassicStar.

The Plummers and Parrott have pleaded guilty to $200 million in tax fraud in federal court in Oregon but haven't been sentenced.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com