Sale man charged over suspicious betting activity

A SALE man was among five people charged this week in relation to a 2019 investigation into suspicious betting activity relating to an esports league.

Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit began the investigation in March 2019, after police received information from a betting agency about activity linked to a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament.

It’s alleged that players were arranging to throw matches and were subsequently placing bets on those matches.

The 27-year-old Sale man faces five charges of using corrupt conduct information for betting purposes (section 195F Crimes Act 1958).

He is scheduled to appear in Sale Magistrates’ Court on September 15.

He joins a 20-year-old Mill Park man who faces two charges of engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of an event or event contingency (section 195C Crimes Act 1958), two charges of using corrupt conduct information for betting purposes and possessing cannabis; a 20-year-old South Morang man with three charges of using corrupt conduct information for betting purposes; and two 20-year-old Mill Park men facing three charges each of using corrupt conduct information for betting purposes.

In August last year, detectives executed warrants in Mill Park, South Morang and Mount Eliza in relation to the case.

A warrant was also executed in Perth by West Australian police.