NSW Police have charged two men over a betting scam involving Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy’s Dally M win last year.
A major investigation was launched by the Organised Crime Squad’s Casino and Racing Investigation Unit after the NRL Integrity Unit reported suspicious betting activity on the 2019 Coach of the Year Award.
It lead senior police to search two separate residences in Paddington and Waterloo and a business premises in Surry Hills last Wednesday, in which documentation, electronic devices and computers were seized.
This morning, NSW Police confirmed two men, aged 29 and 31, have since been charged with use inside information to bet on event and possess inside information communicate to other to bet on event.
“Police will allege in court that the men placed bets on the 2019 Dally M Coach of the Year Award winner with prior knowledge of the result,” A NSW statement said.
“It will also be alleged that they shared information with other individuals, who in turn placed bets with various betting agencies.”
Bellamy was sensationally backed into $1.80 favouritism with some bookmakers after originally being considered an outsider in the market.
The men are due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday 20 August 2020.
Investigations are continuing.
It comes just a matter of hours before the 2020 NRL season is due to re-start, with the Brisbane Broncos to take on the Parramatta Eels at an empty Suncorp Stadium tonight.