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Melb Bookie Beasley Facing 5-Year Ban
Racing Victoria "is seeking a 5-year disqualification for ex-bookmaker Simon Beasley," reported The Herald-Sun. RV called for the penalty yesterday "when the exhaustive inquiry into Beasley's bookmaking activities resumed before the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board". After hearing submissions from RV & Beasley's legal counsel, RAD Board chairman Judge Russell Lewis said the Board will announce its decision today. Beasley (who turned over more than $60 million annually) has pleaded guilty to 2 charges of improper practice. RV's Integrity Department charged Beasley "in a 30-month period from April 2006 to October 2008, with not disclosing 1,828 bets that totalled more than $4 million in turnover". Beasley was further charged with "attempting to destroy more than 7,000 computer files, relevant to a steward's inquiry, at his South Yarra offices: RV legal representative Terry Forrest QC said Beasley had run a "massive hidden book" & such activities "struck at the heart of the integrity of the industry & called for considerable punishment." Forrest added RV regarded the destruction of the evidence as a "grave offence". Beasley, 52, resigned as a bookmaker after last Saturday's Caulfield race meeting.