New South Wales Police have charged two individuals in connection with a NRL Dally M Medal Awards betting scandal.
Reported on the Sydney Morning Herald, Joshua Wilson, 29, and Ben Trevisiol, 31, were charged with using inside information to bet on Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy before he won the 2019 Coach of the Year award. Both Wilson and Trevisiol were also found to be possessing inside information to communicate to others.
“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,” NSW police said in a statement.
“It will also be alleged that they shared information with other individuals, who in turn placed bets with various betting agencies.”
Last week, police raided Wilson’s sports technology company, StatEdge, which was reportedly used by judges to cast their votes ahead of the event. The company had a contract with the NRL to also handle team lists and team changes as well as the software for the management of junior competitions.
Trevisiol served as the General Manager of the company, and also had a contract with Rugby Australia. It has been alleged that the two had sent text messages which discussed the amount of money that they were going to wager on Bellamy after they knew he would win.
Individual bets, which would have resulted in winnings of up to AU $10,000, were placed on Bellamy winning the award. The offences can carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison according to NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith.
“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.”