League bets revealed
POLICE will allege former NRL star John Elias stood to win almost $ 100,000 in the Bulldogs-Cowboys match at the centre of the NRL betting investigation. In court documents lodged at Downing Centre Local Court, it is also alleged player manager Sam Ayoub stood to win almost $ 15,000. Both men have been charged with attempting to obtain financial advantage by deception. They have denied the charges. The amounts lodged in charge sheets against Elias and Ayoub illustrate the scale of the alleged betting sting. Police allege Elias attempted to defraud Tabcorp via bets he placed on August 19 last year in Sydney – two days before the NRL game. They claim the fraud would have netted him $ 98,455 had the penalty goal betting option been successful. It is also alleged Ayoub attempted to win $ 14,790 from Tabcorp for bets made on the same day. The investigation recently widened to include four men identified from CCTV footage placing bets on the game – one is Townsville bar owner Joel Solinas.