Police charge man over corrupt betting on international table tennis tournaments

Organised Crime Squad detectives have charged a man as part of an ongoing 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, strike force detectives seized $12,000 cash, documentation and electronic devices.

All items seized during the operation will undergo further examination.

A 40-year-old man was arrested at a home at Broadmeadow and taken to Newcastle Police Station.

He was charged with use corrupt conduct information to bet on event and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime intent to conceal.

The man was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 28 January 2021.

Investigations under Strike Force Brombal are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Brombal investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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