Nine charged in Britain over alleged betting scam

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Nine people, including three footballers, have been charged in connection with an alleged betting scam in Britain.

The British Horseracing Authority said the allegations centre on bets laid at betting exchanges on horses to lose in three races that took place between November 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011.

A jockey now in Australia is also charged.

The charges relate to the riding of three horses, Wanchai Whisper, Gallantry and Silver Guest, in three races.

All nine are alleged to have breached the Rules of Racing by conspiring with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice.

The racing authority alleges that one of the men communicated directly or indirectly to one or more Betting Exchange account holders information relating to the prospects in the race of that horse.

The others are accused of using information received directly or indirectly from the jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse.

Paul Scotney, the director of integrity services, compliance and licensing for the authority, said the charges were the result of a long and complicated investigation.

“This process has taken significant time and resources.

“However, investigations such as these are very similar to fraud investigations and as such are complex and time-consuming.

“Furthermore, we encountered difficulties in obtaining telephone records from certain individuals who refused to co-operate.

“This resulted in us having to make a number of applications to the High Court for orders against their mobile telephone service providers for disclosure of the relevant records.

“We hope that today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to deterring and detecting wrongdoing and taking action against those who we believe to have breached the rules.

“Racegoers and those betting on British Racing should be reassured that instances of this nature are extremely rare and that the overwhelming majority of races are free of suspicion.”

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