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Prosecution Of Illegal Wagering Operator
The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing (OLGR) has launched prosecution action against an online wagering operator for alleged illegal use of NSW race fields information. John Michael Chan, 66, has been served with a court attendance notice to appear in Bathurst Local Court on 10 August 2015. OLGR alleges that Mr Chan is a principal of a Vanuatu-based online wagering operator, BetJack, which illegally published NSW race fields information on its website on 21 May 2015 to solicit a greyhound race bet at Dubbo. OLGR, acting on information from Racing NSW and the NSW Bookmakers Cooperative, engaged with the Office of Racing in Queensland and investigators from Queensland Police Service's State Crime Command who executed a search warrant at a Queensland premises on 8 May 2015, during which evidence was seized. OLGR inspectors travelled to Southport in Queensland on 30 June 2015 to serve the court attendance notice on Mr Chan. Under Section 33 of NSW's Racing Administration Act, bookmakers and wagering operators wanting to use NSW race fields information need to be authorised by the relevant controlling body (Racing NSW, Harness Racing NSW or Greyhound Racing NSW). Queensland Police and relevant racing controlling bodies continue to assist NSW OLGR with ongoing inquiries.