New South Wales Police arrested two men in conjunction with a betting scam for the NRL Dally M Medal Awards.
Joshua Wilson, 29, and Ben Trevisiol, 31, reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, were charged with using inside knowledge to bet on Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy before he won the 2019 Coach of the Year award. Interestingly, both Wilson and Trevisiol were found to have inside knowledge to interact with others.
In a statement, the NSW police said: “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.
“It will also be alleged that they shared information with other individuals, who in turn placed bets with various betting agencies.”
Police raided Wilson’s sports technology firm, StatEdge, last week, which the judges allegedly used to cast their votes ahead of the event. The company had a deal with the NRL to handle team lists and team changes as well as the management programme for junior competitions.
Trevisiol acted as the company’s general manager, and also had a contract with Rugby Australia. It was alleged that the two had sent text messages about how much money they wagered on Bellamy after they learned he was going to win.
Individual bets were made on Bellamy winning the prize, which would have resulted in winnings of up to AU$10,000. According to NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, the offences will carry a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
“The allegation will be that these two individuals were involved in a company that had ownership of the integrity of the voting outcomes,” said Smith. “They were hired by the NRL … they used the information and they provided it to a number of others.
“The investigation now will focus on the individuals who may have benefited from the betting plunge that occurred at the Dally M awards. Obviously we’re looking at a number of individuals who may have benefited.
“The integrity of the NRL competition is paramount to the NSW Police. It is not indifferent to what we see in organised crime criminal syndicates that look to gain an advantage. They look towards a particular event that is not of particular interest in terms of the payout in terms of it.”