Unibet Exec Investigated by Racing NSW
New South Wales regulators investigated former Tabcorp executive Sally Snow, as well.
The Sydney Morning Herald linked Unibet Australia’s Head of Racing, Phil Moyes, to a growing betting scandal. Australian regulators seized Mr Moyes’s smartphone and laptop, because of Moyes’s links to suspicious horse betting. Previously, New South Wales regulators investigated a former Tabcorp exec and her husband.
Currently, officials at Racing New South Wales haven’t filed formal charges against anyone in the scandal. Still, Racing NSW’s investigation expanded in recent days to include Sally Snow, Phil Moyes, and Steve Fletcher. Sally Snow once served as the former senior trading manager at Tabcorp, Australia’s largest betting group.
Mrs Snow refused to turn her phone over to Racing NSW, who subsequently banned her from Australian racecourses. Racing NSW also banned Snow from making a bet at any Aussie bookmaker.
Peter V’landys of Racing NSW said Snow’s refused to hand over her phone, which hindered their probe. V’landys claimed Snow “obstructed and hindered them in investigating matters that are potentially of serious concern.”
Snow’s husband, racing tipster Nathan Snow, is involved in the probe. Nathan Snow’s rumored friendship with Phil Moyes is why Racing NSW began to look into Mr Moyes’ actions.
Steve Fletcher’s 2006 Rugby Bets
The Sydney Morning Herald also named notorious Aussie sports bettor Steve Fletcher in the case. Racing NSW is probing Fletcher’s ties to Sally Snow and Phil Moyes, and their roles in suspicious wagers.
Fletcher became famous for his role in a 2006 betting scandal, though he avoided charges at the time. Fletcher he won millions betting on a rugby match between the Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors. One of the Knights’ star players at the time was a late scratch from the match. Rumors swirled Fletcher used inside information on the injury.
At the time, famous Aussie brothel owner Eddie Hayson was Steve Fletcher’s betting partner. Hayson owned a string of horses with Newcastle Knights star Andrew Johns (and his brother, Mark). Eddie Hayson later admitted to having inside information about Andrew Johns’ injury. Still later, NRL officials cleared anyone of any wrongdoing in the matter.
Unfortunately, that did not appear to be the only case. Stemming from a couple of suspicious bets on Lucy’s Light in 2005, the Police Integrity Unit (PIC) tapped Fletcher’s phone lines. The Sydney Morning Herald explained: “Explosive phone taps played at the PIC inquiry reveal that Mr Fletcher was receiving inside information on horse racing.”
The same report claimed Fletcher also received info on international tennis matches.
Fletcher Charged in 2017 Case
Since the 2006 scandal, the Police Integrity Unit linked Steve Fletcher to other betting scandals. In 2017, the PIU charged the 49-year old Fletcher with “78 counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception.” The 2017 charges stemmed from a probe started in 2014.
The Police Integrity Unit charged three other men in the same case. One was gambler Darren Azzopardi, who received 42 counts on the same charges. The PCI also charged two former police officers: Marc James Smith (116 counts) and Anthony Paul Williams (12 counts).
Officials banned Fletcher and Azzopardi from making large-scale wagers at Aussie bookmakers, so they found ways around the ban. The PIU accused them of using the names of police officers to make bets under false pretenses. The PIU alleged Smith and Williams helped the two gamblers make those wagers. They two cops presumably provided Fletcher with the personal information of fellow police officers, which was used to gamble. The police department fired both officers.
Unibet Denies Involvement
When contacted by the Sydney Morning Herald about the betting scandal, Unibet general manager Peter Staunton said that his company is “aware of the inquiry and none of this involves Unibet — so we have no comment.”