League bets re­vealed

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

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.

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