Another race-fixing scandal hits Australia
A vet and a racing industry figure have been arrested today by police as part of a major race-fixing inquiry, reports RACENET.
Detectives from the Victoria Police sporting integrity intelligence unit detained the two men this morning amid an investigation into alleged betting corruption and the use of illegal substances in racing.
Raids were carried out at Keilor East, Mornington and Wallan.
The arrested vet is Adam Matthews, who last decade was entangled in a cobalt inquiry related to alleged use of the substance in racing.
Matthews denied having supplied a vitamin supplement to trainers, which was later found to contain cobalt.
Long bans on top trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh were later overturned.
Matthews was cleared by the Racing NSW Appeals Board in 2016 of having supplied cobalt in that state.
Mr Matthews, 38, of Keilor East, will be interviewed over allegations including the offence of engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome.
He will also be questioned about conspiring to defraud Racing Victoria stewards and cocaine trafficking.
A 47-year-old Mornington woman will be interviewed on the same betting corruption and conspiracy allegations.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said: “The investigation has 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 are considering making a formal review on the matter to the Veterinary Practitioners Board.
This centres on an alleged failure to comply with vet requirements.
Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria have worked with the sporting integrity intelligence unit during the probe.
The Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner has also liaised with police.
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