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Wallan property raided in investigation of alleged corrupt betting linked to racing industry

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VICTORIA Police detectives raided a Wallan property on Wednesday as part of an investigation into alleged illegal activity in the racing industry.

Members of the Sporting Integrity Intelligence United arrested two people, a 38-year-old Keilor East man and a 47-year-old Mornington woman in connection with the investigation.

The pair were both charged with engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of an event and conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria stewards.

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The man was also charged with trafficking cocaine.

Properties at Keilor East and Mornington were also raided.

Superintendent Steve White said the investigation 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 an alleged failure to comply with requirements as a registered vet.

Detectives were assisted by all three racing codes in Victoria during their investigation – Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria.

“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,” Supt White 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.”

Anyone with information about illegal activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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