The man touted as Australia’s top harness racing driver has been accused of manipulating race results following a lengthy covert operation.
Detectives of the Queensland Racing Crime Squad, working in conjunction with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, charged Shane Graham on Saturday.
According to a release issued by Queensland Police, the 35-year-old from Logan “as well as two others, (was) arrested and charged with match-fixing and other offences in the harness code”.
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An 18-year-old man, reported to be fellow driver Leonard Cain, and a 39-year-old woman, believed to be trainer Vicki Rasmussen, were also arrested in raids by detectives.
Graham is accused of “affecting the outcome of harness races at Albion Park in Queensland in July and October this year”.
While Rasmussen and Cain are both facing two counts of facilitating match-fixing.
Considered the best in his field in Australia, Graham was this year selected to represent the country at the world harness driving championships in Canada.
Both Graham and Cain have had their riding licences suspended and if convicted could have them cancelled and be banned from the industry for life.
All three have been released on bail and are expected to appear in Beenleigh or Brisbane Magistrates Courts in January.