Two people are in police custody following an investigation into alleged corruption and illegal activity within the state’s racing industry.
Detectives from the sporting integrity intelligence unit executed warrants at Keilor East, Mornington and Wallan from 8.25am on Wednesday, arresting a 38-year-old Keilor East man and a 47-year-old Mornington woman.
Investigators allege the Keilor East man conspired to defraud Racing Victoria stewards, trafficked cocaine and engaged in conduct that corrupted or would corrupt a betting outcome.
They allege the 47-year-old Mornington woman was also involved in the alleged corruption and conspired to defraud Racing Victoria stewards.
Both are expected to be interviewed on Wednesday.
Superintendent Steve White, from intelligence and covert support command, said the investigation had focused on the alleged use of illegal substances in racing and corrupt betting practices, as well as the use, possession and trafficking of cocaine.
Police will also consider making a formal referral to the Veterinary Practitioners Board regarding the alleged failure to comply with requirements as a registered vet.
“Victoria Police has long led the way in terms of investigations into allegations of corrupt and illegal activity within sport and racing, and this investigation again highlights this,” he said.
“Victorians are well known for their love of sport but equally they want to know that the playing field is fair and honest.
“We also know that the various sporting codes, such as the racing bodies we have been assisted by as part of this investigation, feel the same as police and the broader public.”
Police said detectives from the sporting integrity intelligence unit have worked with all three racing codes in Victoria during this investigation – Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria.
They are also liaising with the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner.
“I can assure the public that Victoria Police take matters of corruption in sport seriously. We will continue to work with our stakeholders to target, disrupt and apprehend people who commit these offences,” Superintendent White said.
“We know there are people out there involved in sport or racing who see or hear things they know are not right and we need them to speak up. ”
Anyone with information about illegal activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au
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