Table tennis star served with charges for ‘raking in $438,000 from 1,170 bets on rigged matches’ in Eastern Europe and getting his brother in on the scam
- Adam Michael Green, 41, former top Australian player, arrested over fixed games
- He allegedly knew about hundreds of rigged matches overseas and bet on them
- Knowingly betting on such matches is a crime and Green faces penalties
A former leading Australian table tennis player placed more than 1,100 bets on fixed international table tennis tournament matches, winning $438,000, court documents claim.
Adam Michael Green, 41, of Newcastle, allegedly placed 1,170 bets from his home with Australian online bookmakers over a seven-month period before his arrest in December.
Defence lawyer Drew Hamilton told Newcastle Local Court on Friday the police brief of evidence against Green stretched to about 6,500 pages.
‘It’s a very complex matter, traversing some borders,’ Mr Hamilton said.
Adam Michael Green, 41, of Newcastle, allegedly placed 1,170 bets from his home with Australian online bookmakers over a seven-month period before his arrest in December
Both the prosecution and defence wanted to adjourn the matter for five weeks but magistrate Caleb Franklin decided to put the case off until June 24 to give both parties enough time to determine what should happen next in the case.
No pleas have been entered at this stage.
Green, who was excused from attending Friday’s brief hearing, has been charged with one count of using corrupt information to bet on an event, one count of knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime with intent to conceal, and two counts of providing the corrupt information to two other people.
The charges accuse Green of placing the 1,170 bets between May 6 and December 15 last year when he had information on fixed matches and ‘fixed contingencies within matches’ in Eastern European table tennis events.
Green also allegedly shared the information with his brother, Matthew, knowing he would likely use it to bet with
He was also accused of dealing with the proceeds of crime totalling $204,383.79 and intending to conceal it.
Police claim Green passed on the information about the fixed table tennis matches to Luke Savill, a United Kingdom resident, knowing Savill would use the information to bet with European bookmakers.
Green also allegedly shared the information with his brother, Matthew, knowing he would likely use it to bet with.
Green was arrested in December after detectives from the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, assisted by Sport Integrity Australia, set up Strike Force Brombal to investigate a transnational gambling syndicate allegedly placing corrupt bets.