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By Zach Arnold | March 23, 2016
Things just escalated very quickly for California-based combat sports promoter Roy Englebecht and the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Nevada, which temporarily suspended both Englebrecht and boxer Zab Judah over allegations of falsified paperwork, revealed more details on Wednesday morning regarding the pending charges being filed against both men.
The pending charges against Roy Englebrecht
Nevada’s Attorney General office claimed on Wednesday morning that promoter Roy Englebrecht not only committed perjury regarding paperwork he filed on behalf of Zab Judah but also claimed that he was guilty of forgery and violation of state law regarding possession of Judah’s social security number to put on the fighter’s application form.
According to the Athletic Commission, Englebrecht was summoned to meet with Executive Director Bob Bennett on March 10th regarding the commission’s investigation into back child support that Judah allegedly owed. That investigation supposedly revealed that:
- Judah had “lied” to two other athletic commissions regarding back child support he owed
- Judah owes approximately $240,000 in back child support in three different cases (court orders)
- Judah allegedly did not have an official payment plan in place to pay off his debts and that to be licensed in Nevada you must have payment plans in place before applying for a license
- Judah allegedly lied on his paperwork by not disclosing on his licensing paperwork the back child support he owed as a lien or a garnishment
The commission claims that Englebrecht was notified of Judah’s back child support owed and asked to find a replacement fighter for the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center event that was scheduled to air on CBS Sports Network. A replacement fighter and promoter could not be found in time to save the show.
According to the AG’s office, Englebrecht supposedly admitted to Bob Bennett that he had filed licensing paperwork on behalf of Zab Judah and that 1) he had not only forged Judah’s signature but 2) also put the fighter’s social security number on the paperwork.
What was not addressed at Wednesday’s meeting by either the athletic commission or Roy Englebrecht was motive as to why Englebrecht, rather than Zab Judah or Judah’s manager, filed the licensing paperwork with Nevada in the first place.
The athletic commission requested a continuation on the temporary suspension of Roy Englebrecht until a formal complaint is filed against Englebrecht. That complaint will supposedly allege that Englebrecht committed multiple specific intent crimes of moral turpitude.
Under oath at Wednesday’s athletic commission hearing, Englebrecht gave testimony without an attorney speaking on his behalf. Englebrecht did not dispute the pending allegations brought against him. Englebrecht stated that he damaged the trust between him and the athletic commission.
“I damaged that trust and failed you.”
Englebrecht said that he would “accept full responsibility.”
“I made a mistake. It was poor judgment.”
The problem for Roy Englebrecht is that perjury and forgery are specific intent allegations, not general intent crimes of mistake.
After accepting the preliminary allegations made against him by the athletic commission, Englebrecht went into a mini-stump speech about being a 70-year old fight promoter with an extensive 31 year history of promoting club shows all over the country and never once bouncing a check or screwing over regulators.
“I feel I am a true fight promoter.”
The Attorney General’s office stated that they would issue the formal complaints against both Roy Englebrecht and Zab Judah in the coming weeks and allow them due process to formally respond to the charges. It is expected that formal disciplinary hearings against both Judah & Englebrecht will take place in May.
Nevada’s athletic commission excoriated Englebrecht on Wednesday morning, asking how they or other athletic commissions could trust his word or the word of fighters working with or associated with Englebrecht in the future given his admission of both perjury and forgery in the Zab Judah case.
The major shoes to drop soon
- Will California honor Nevada’s temporary suspension of Roy Englebrecht?
- Will California honor Nevada’s formal suspension of Roy Englebrecht after May’s disciplinary hearing? Englebrecht has events coming up in April, May, and June. A formal suspension of Englebrecht would cost both he and the California State Athletic Commission significant cash in lost revenue.
- When Englebrecht is suspended by Nevada’s athletic commission, will the California State Athletic Commission allow Englebrecht to run events under the rent-a-license Promoter-In-Name-Only scheme that we often see in action for Southern California fight events?
Last week, we requested formal comments from both Englebrecht and the California State Athletic Commission regarding Nevada’s suspension and neither camp responded to our requests.