José Treviño Morales, owner of one of the most prominent businesses in the American quarter horse industry, kept about 400 horses at his ranch in Oklahoma, witnesses have said.
But after federal agents seized about 500 horses in a series of raids last summer at stables and ranches across the Southwest, he was found to have bought only one at a public auction, an agent with the Internal Revenue Service testified Tuesday. The rest, authorities say, were bought in private sales or through straw purchasers, making it difficult to track the money trail.
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