Racing in­quiry widens

Nelson Mail - - National News - Crime

A po­lice in­quiry into har­ness race-fix­ing is now look­ing into races in Auck­land. Po­lice have charged 13 peo­ple in re­la­tion to a lon­grun­ning in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Na­tional Or­gan­ised Crime Group into al­leged cor­rup­tion in the har­ness-racing in­dus­try. Yesterday, po­lice said de­tec­tives this week made fur­ther inquiries in the Auck­land re­gion, in con­junc­tion with in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Racing In­tegrity Unit (RIU). A num­ber of peo­ple had been in­ter­viewed, and bet­ting anom­alies had been iden­ti­fied in at least one race in May 2018. ‘‘The RIU is con­sid­er­ing charges re­lat­ing to the breach of rules around driver bet­ting in re­la­tion to these anom­alies,’’ the po­lice said. Fur­ther ar­rests were pos­si­ble, po­lice said. Raids on 17 prop­er­ties in Can­ter­bury, Manawatu¯ and In­ver­cargill were car­ried out in early Septem­ber.

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