A Kilmore man was charged on Friday by Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit detectives in relation to alleged harness race fixing in Shepparton.

Harness Racing Victoria contacted police following suspicious activity in a race during a meeting on July 17, 2018.

The HRV Integrity Unit initially identified the need for further investigation into this race on the night, secured evidence and referred the matter to police.

Investigators then commenced a criminal investigation into the matter.

The Kilmore man, 49, has been charged with engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome, and use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes.

He is due to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on June 24.

HRV intergrity general manager Brent Fisher said HRV welcomed ongoing co-operation with Victoria Police.

“The charges came about following a HRV investigation, which saw the HRV Integrity Unit identify suspicious activity at Shepparton on July 17, 2018, secure evidence and alert Victoria Police for further investigation,” he said.

“As charges have been laid HRV will not be commenting any further on this matter.”

Victoria Police maintains close relations with Harness Racing Victoria and other key industry partners in order to monitor activity, detect irregularities, and collect intelligence.

The Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, established in 2013, has focused on the collection, analysis and appropriate sharing of intelligence relating to sporting integrity issues in Victoria.

The unit continues to work with racing and sporting bodies to enhance knowledge and awareness of identified sports integrity issues.

Any person wishing to report sports corruption within the racing industry or other sports is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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