Casino and Racing Investigation Unit detectives have charged three men following investigations into allegations of corruption in the New South Wales harness racing industry. About 8am today (Thursday 24 November 2011), officers attached to Strike Force Tairora executed search warrants at addresses in Plumpton, Leura, Bossley Park and Woonona, north of Wollongong. As a result of this operation, police arrested:
A 48-year-old Leura man, who was charged with 38 counts of agent receive corrupt benefit. He was refused bail to appear in Lithgow Local Court today (24 November 2011). A 45-year-old Woonona man, who was charged with eight counts of corruptly give/offer agent benefit.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on 20 December 2011. A 24 year-old Plumpton man, who was charged with 10 counts of corruptly give/offer agent benefit. He is expected to be granted conditional bail, with a court date yet to be set.
These arrests follow extensive investigations by police into alleged race-fixing and corruption in the harness-racing industry. Strike Force Tairora comprises detectives from the Firearms and Organised Crime Squad's Casino and Racing Investigation Unit.
It is believed up to 100 people could be involved.
Investigations are continuing.
Meanwnhile, Robbie Morris has replaced Greg Bennett as the driver of Karloo Mick in Saturday night's (November 26) Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park, Menangle.
Bennett has today been stood down from driving indefinitely under Australian Harness Racing Rule 183 as part of the ongoing HRNSW investigation.
HRNSW is not in a position to make any further comment at this time.