Cheating at Gambling

201410.21
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Betting, Gambling, corruption of betting outcomes - Integrity in Sports 

The Victorian Government introduced, in 2013, new offences to prohibit conduct such as match fixing, encouraging others to engage in corrupt behaviour using corrupt information and other offences. There are significant penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment. 

The Crimes Act 1958, Victoria, now incorporates the new offences under the heading "Cheating at Gambling" sections 195B, 195C, 195D, 195E and 195F.

In the section 2A corruption is defined as:

Conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of an event or an event contingency means conduct that—

(a) Affects or, if engaged in, would or would be likely to affect the outcome of any type of betting on the event or event contingency; and 
s. 195B

(b) is contrary to the standards of integrity that a reasonable person would expect of persons in a position to affect the outcome of any type of betting on the event or event contingency "encourage" includes incite, induce, persuade, urge, threaten or pressure;

"engage in conduct" means—

(a) do an act; or

(b) omit to do an act;

"event" means an event (whether it takes place in Victoria or elsewhere) on which it is lawful to bet under a law of Victoria, another State, a Territory or the Commonwealth;

"event contingency" means a contingency connected to an event, being a contingency on which it is lawful to bet under a law of Victoria, another State, a Territory or the Commonwealth;

"obtaining a financial advantage" includes—

(a) obtaining a financial advantage for oneself or another person; and

(b) inducing a third person to do something that results in obtaining a financial advantage for oneself or for another person; and

(c) retaining a financial advantage that one has—

whether the financial advantage is permanent or temporary.

(2) In a proceeding for an offence against this Division, an accused will be taken to have intended to obtain a financial advantage, or cause a financial disadvantage, if, and only if, it is proved that the accused—

(a) intended to obtain a financial advantage, or to cause a financial disadvantage, in connection with betting on an event or event contingency; or

(b) was aware that another person intended to obtain a financial advantage, or to cause a financial disadvantage, in connection with betting on an event or event contingency as a result of the conduct that is the subject of the charge.

(3) In a proceeding for an offence against this Division, it is not necessary to prove that a financial advantage was actually obtained or a financial disadvantage was actually caused.