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Concealing Conduct or Agreement that Corrupts the Betting Outcome of an Event

Concealing conduct or agreement that corrupts the betting outcome of an event is an offence under section 193P of the Crimes Act 1900, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You encouraged another to conceal information from an appropriate body about conduct or an agreement that corrupts the betting outcome of an event
  2. You did so knowing or being reckless as to whether the conduct would corrupt the betting outcome of the event, and
  3. You intended by doing so to obtain a financial advantage, or cause a financial disadvantage, in relation to the event.

‘Encourage’ includes to command, request, propose, advise, incite, induce, persuade, authorise, urge, threaten or place pressure on.

‘Conduct’ means any act or omission to perform an act.

Conduct ‘corrupts the betting outcome of an event’ if:

  1. It affects, or would be likely to affect, the outcome of the event, and
  2. It is contrary to the standards of integrity that a reasonable person would expect of someone in your position.

‘Betting’ includes placing, accepting or withdrawing a bet as well as causing a bet to be placed, accepted or withdrawn.

An ‘agreement’ includes an arrangement.

An ‘appropriate body’ includes:

  1. A police officer, or
  2. A body that controls, regulates or supervises the event.

You were reckless if you foresaw the possibility that your conduct would conceal the corruption of the betting outcome of the event but went ahead with your actions regardless.

Duress is a defence to the charge.

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