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On 6 February 2017, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) heard an application for review of formerly licensed trainers Shayne and Greg Cramp in regards to the 1 March 2016 decision of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board to affirm a 12-year disqualification imposed by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV). On 7 April 2017, Senior Member Proctor, for the VCAT, affirmed the HRV RAD Board’s decision that Shayne and Greg Cramp be disqualified for 12 years. In arriving at these decisions, Senior Member Proctor stated, ‘The purpose of imposing penalties under the Australian Harness Racing Rules is primarily protective, to preserve the integrity of harness racing by imposing penalties sufficient to deter a guilty party from repeating the conduct (specific deterrence), send a message to the industry concerning the fate of those who offend against the rules (general deterrence) and to uphold the reputation of the industry with the betting public and the general public’. Senior Member Proctor further stated, ‘This is required to provide sufficient general deterrence and to send the message to all involved in the harness racing industry that if anyone participates in corrupt behaviour they are likely to effectively be permanently removed from the industry. If that is their livelihood, the results for them are likely to be catastrophic’. In relation to the decision to affirm the 12 year disqualification for both Shayne and Greg Cramp, Senior Member Proctor allowed for the co-operation of both parties with authorities, by concluding, ‘But for that co-operation I would have added some extra years of disqualification’.    The decisions of the VCAT can be found here: Shayne Cramp Decision / Greg Cramp Decision The HRV RAD Board decision which was the subject of the review application can be found here. The circumstances surrounding the disqualification are detailed here.

The review applications of formerly licensed harness racing trainers Shayne and Greg Cramp, scheduled to be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on 28 September 2016,  have been adjourned at the request of their legal representative. Both Shayne and Greg Cramp applied for review of the decision of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board released on 1 March 2016 to affirm a 12 year disqualification imposed upon them by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).  The review applications, which will be heard on a date to be fixed, relate only to the severity of the penalty imposed.  Both Shayne and Greg Cramp remain disqualified parties in the interim.  The HRV RAD Board decision which is the subject of the review application can be found here. The circumstances surrounding the original disqualification are detailed here.

After initiating and conducting an investigation into the conduct of races and associated betting in the Mildura region relevant to the operation of the Mildura based harness racing Shayne Cramp stable, HRV Stewards provided information to Victoria Police who commenced an investigation into the relevant matters. The investigation was conducted by the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit. The complex investigation culminated in licensed participants Shayne and Greg Cramp being arrested on 2 February 2015 and questioned with respect to race-fixing allegations. On this date, HRV Stewards immediately suspended the training and driving licences of Shayne and Greg Cramp and excluded both parties from attending any harness racing tracks. At the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 3 September 2015, Mr Shayne and Greg Cramp pleaded guilty to a charge issued by Victoria Police under Section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958 which provides: A person must not engage in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of an event or eventcontingency—    (a) knowing that, or being reckless as to whether, the conduct corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of the event or the event contingency; and    (b) intending to obtain a financial advantage, or to cause a financial disadvantage, in connection with any betting on the event or the event contingency. Both Shayne and Greg Cramp were convicted and sentenced to a Community Corrections Order (CCO) for a period of 12 months, with Shayne Cramp required to perform 300 hours of community work and Greg Cramp required to perform 200 hours of community work. The sentence imposed for both parties related to their conduct with respect to the lead up to and running of Race 5 at Mildura on 12 November 2014. The sentence for Shayne Cramp also related to his conduct with respect to the lead up to and running of Race 6 at Mildura on 29 November 2014.  On 23 October 2015, Shayne and Greg Cramp attended before a sub-committee formed by the HRV Board whose role it was to consider the application or otherwise of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 267(1) which provides: 267. (1) Subject to sub-rule (2) the Controlling Body may for such period and on such conditions as it thinks fit, disqualify a person who is found guilty of or convicted of a crime or an offence in any State or Territory of Australia or in any country.  On 30 October 2015, the HRV Board considered the above provisions and the recommendations of the sub-committee. The HRV Board endorsed the sub-committee’s recommendation that the provisions of AHRR267 (1) be invoked and that Shayne and Greg Cramp be disqualified for a period of 12 years. The HRV Board subsequently ordered that Shayne and Greg Cramp be disqualified for a period of 12 years and that such penalty be backdated to commence 2 February 2015 when their licences were originally suspended by HRV Stewards. Shayne and Greg Cramp are therefore disqualified from having any involvement in the harness racing industry and this disqualification will remain in place until 2 February 2027.  The HRV Board also noted and endorsed the sub-committee’s indication that but for the co-operation and admissions to the offending by Shayne and Greg Cramp, the sub-committee would have recommended a disqualification period of 16 years be imposed. Throughout the criminal and harness racing proceedings, both parties expressed remorse for their conduct with Shayne Cramp describing his actions as unforgiveable and a “brain fade” and Greg Cramp describing an “on the spot” decision which turned out to be diabolical. The board also endorsed the sub-committee’s belief that the corrupt act of race fixing is one of the most serious offences that can be committed by participants involved in the harness racing industry and that any person found guilty of committing such offences should be disqualified for an extended period. HRV would like to acknowledge the co-operation between Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner and Harness Racing Victoria in bringing these serious matters before a criminal Court proceeding. HRV particularly wish to acknowledge the significant efforts and dedication of the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit in investigating this complex matter. HRV also wish to thank Mildura police for their extensive assistance and the Victoria Police Prosecutions Division, noting it to be the first successful prosecution in any form of racing under such legislation. If anyone has any information relating to race-fixing allegations they can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or the information can be reported to HRV Stewards on 03 8378 0222 or the Racing Integrity Hotline on 1300 227 225. Whilst the damage to the sport of harness racing for conduct such as that engaged in by Shayne and Greg Cramp is immeasurable, it is important to reflect upon the fact that such conduct has been detected and also that the conduct has been detected by the sport itself and that the parties involved have appeared before both criminal and harness racing proceedings. The harness racing industry is united in condemning such behaviour and will continue to support HRV Stewards in their endeavours to actively hunt any such wrongdoing and prosecute accordingly. HRV Stewards look forward to continuing their strong working relationship with the Victorian Police Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit who lead the law enforcement response to matters of race fixing in sport. Harness Racing Victoria

Two Australian harness racing identities accused of race fixing will have their cases heard in a Melbourne court. Shayne Cramp and his father Greg Cramp – both well known drivers and trainers – yesterday faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court on charges of corrupting a betting outcome.   The pair was charged in February following a 10-month investigation by Harness Racing Victoria, the Office of the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner and Victoria Police. Police prosecutor Sergeant Alexandra West asked the court to adjourn the matters to Melbourne, where most of the stakeholders involved were based.  Watch this space for further updates Harnesslink media

An investigation, commenced by the Harness Racing Victoria Stewards’ Department, and continued by the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit of Victoria Police, culminated yesterday in Victoria Police advising that criminal charges have been issued against licenced harness racing trainers Shayne Cramp and Greg Cramp. Upon receiving this advice, HRV Stewards have invoked the provisions of Australian Rule of Harness Racing 183 and suspended the licences of Shayne and Greg Cramp with immediate effect. No horse trained or owned by Shayne or Greg Cramp is able to race or trial. HRV Stewards have ordered the scratching of all of Shayne Cramp’s runners engaged at the Mildura meeting tonight. Any change of trainer requests from owners who have been impacted by these events must be approved by HRV. Shayne and Mr Greg Cramp have also been excluded under ARHR 15(1)(e) from attending any harness racing racecourse. HRV CEO John Anderson said: “It is important that the tireless work of Integrity Manager Andy Rogers is recognised. He initiated this exercise almost a year ago and has maintained a confidential vigilance throughout. I also commend the Chairman of Stewards Neal Conder and his panel for their ongoing contribution to the investigation. “I also wish to acknowledge the extensive commitment, dedication and tireless efforts of the whole team at the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit led by Detective Sergeant Kieran Murnane.” HRV respect the matters are now before the court and will be limiting any further comment. Harness Racing Victoria

Victoria Police officers have raided the properties of top Australian harness racing figures over their alleged involvement in a race-fixing scandal. The Monday morning raids have targeted the racing operations of the Cramp family in Mildura. Shayne Cramp is one of the state's leading harness racing drivers, while both he and his father Greg also run a major training operation as well. Fairfax Media was to publish an investigation about the pair's links to suspect betting activities and alleged corruption a fortnight ago, but was requested by police to stall publication. The Fairfax Media investigation can reveal that Shayne and Greg Cramp are alleged to be involved in a suspected illegal betting syndicate that has been attempting to manipulate the outcome of races for several months. No other members of their family are alleged to be involved. Fairfax Media is seeking comment from the Cramp family. Click this link to read the full article written by Nick McKenzie Richard Baker Matt Taylor in The Sydney Morning Herald

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