Police arrest man after investigation into corrupt betting on international table tennis tournaments

Organised Crime Squad detectives have arrested a man following an investigation into an alleged gambling syndicate placing corrupt bets on international table tennis tournaments.

In June this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, with assistance from Sport Integrity Australia, established Strike Force Brombal to investigate a transnational gambling syndicate allegedly placing corrupt bets on international table tennis tournaments.

Inquiries revealed a 40-year-old Broadmeadow man received information relating to fixed table tennis matches in Europe.

Corrupt bets were subsequently placed on the matches, resulting in winnings valued at $500,000.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, executed nine search warrants at homes at Broadmeadow, Wickham, Hamilton, Stockton, Cameron Park, Hawks Nest and Shortland from 6am today (Wednesday 16 December 2020).

Detectives were assisted throughout the operation by officers from Newcastle City, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens Hunter Police Districts.

During the searches, investigators seized documentation and electronic devices, which will undergo further examination.

A 40-year-old man was arrested at a home at Broadmeadow and taken to Newcastle Police Station, where charges are expected to be laid.

Investigations under Strike Force Brombal are continuing.

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