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Offline sobig

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O.P. « 2019-Jun-25, 03:30 PM »
Disgraced horse trainer Ben Currie has been charged with aggravated fraud amid allegations he sourced performance enhancing substances for his horses and dishonestly claimed the winnings.

Police arrested and charged 28-year-old Currie today following a 14-month-long investigation by the Queensland Racing Crime Squad.

Police will allege he “engaged in systematic fraudulent behaviour” between November, 2016 and March 2019.

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It is alleged Currie got hold of unregulated horse supplements “designed to enhance race performance in a manner to circumvent current testing methodology in Queensland thoroughbred racing”.

“As a result, it is further alleged the offender has dishonestly gained a benefit through entitlement to prize money distributed by Racing Queensland for thoroughbred races in Queensland over that time,” a statement from police said.

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« 2019-Jun-27, 10:29 AM Reply #1 »
Very selective prosecution by the DPP.
He must be the only trainer that has used a performance enhancing substance in the last 30 years!!

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« 2019-Jun-28, 09:24 PM Reply #2 »
Didn't Cody Morgan get charged with a similar Crime a few years ago? I remember his parents had to mortgage their home to help him with his legal bills.....if my memory is correct he must have beaten it as he is still training

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« 2019-Jun-28, 09:43 PM Reply #3 »
Morgan was charged and found guilty.

Sentence was 18month good behaviour bond and 200 hours of community service

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« 2019-Jun-28, 10:24 PM Reply #4 »
Very selective prosecution by the DPP.
He must be the only trainer that has used a performance enhancing substance in the last 30 years!!

It does seem very odd if you ask me Napes  :wacko:  :shrug:

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« 2019-Jun-29, 08:53 PM Reply #5 »

It does seem very odd

Inexplicably, there seems to be some reluctance to accept that Queensland has a very different social, political and legal culture to the rest of Australia.

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« 2019-Jul-01, 10:56 AM Reply #6 »
It does seem very odd

Inexplicably, there seems to be some reluctance to accept that Queensland has a very different social, political and legal culture to the rest of Australia.

What??

Have you moved on from bagging Racing Victoria?


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« 2020-Feb-24, 04:49 PM Reply #7 »
Banned horse trainer committed to stand trial

Banned Queensland horse trainer Ben Currie has been committed to stand trial on a fraud-related charge that allegedly arose from his horse-training business.
By Peter Hardwick, Chronicle

February 24, 2020 2:01pm


Trainer Ben Currie leaves Toowoomba watch house, Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

BANNED Toowoomba horse trainer Ben Currie has been committed to stand trial on a fraud-related charge allegedly arising from his horse-training business. 

The 28-year-old appeared with his solicitor Darren Mahony before Toowoomba Magistrates Court today for a hand-up committal hearing.

While no details of the allegations were aired in court, police allege the charge period stretches from November 2016 to March last year.

Police will allege Currie engaged in "systematic fraudulent behaviour" during that period, having sourced "unregulated horse supplement designed to enhance race performance" by circumventing current testing methods.

During legal argument over Currie's bail conditions, police claimed the amount of winnings relating to the horse trainer over the period was in the vicinity of $1.9 million.

Police claim the charge was very serious and wanted a bail condition that Currie report to police at least once a week.

However, Mr Mahony argued his client had been on bail for eight months and, apart from once being late by one hour to report, for which he received no penalty, he had fully complied with all bail conditions.

Mr Mahony said it could be years until the matter was dealt with by the court, and his client still had matters before the Queensland Racing Commission. His client had family and business in the region and was not a flight risk, he submitted.

Currie, who until his suspension was one of Queensland's leading horse trainers, has not as yet been required to enter any plea to the charge.

Magistrate Damian Carroll noted Currie had agreed with conditions of bail including residing at an address on the Gold Coast which had been supplied to the court and to surrender his passport and not apply for any other passport during the period of remand.

Mr Carroll committed Currie to stand trial in the District Court at Toowoomba at a date to be fixed by the Director of the Department of Public Prosecutions.

Currie was remanded on bail with those conditions as well as having no contact with three co-accused.

Originally published as Banned horse trainer committed to stand trial

ENDS

When the "snail venom" allegations were made two other persons were arrested and charged no further advice as to progressing their prosecutions has been published as far as I know.

Giddy Up :beer:


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« 2020-Feb-24, 06:46 PM Reply #8 »


Simply unfair -- for so long already and so long prospectively

The prior, continuing and prospective management of this matter is so typical of the corrupted political and administrative mindset in Queensland as to make one wonder why anyone stays there.

..........the failures in this 'tropical' culture, across the board,  are so frequent, so often and so destructive as to warrant a federal royal commission to correct an obviously corrupt culture.

It is not just 'racing queensland' -- it is generic.


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« 2020-Feb-24, 09:49 PM Reply #9 »
Simply predictable


 Mair defending another DN  :lol:

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« 2020-Feb-25, 09:12 AM Reply #10 »
But where can we go Peter?

Is there somewhere you recommend?

Surely not corrupt Victoria or inept NSW? Perhaps NT?

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« 2020-Feb-25, 12:16 PM Reply #11 »
Anywhere there is human intervention....there will be fraud and corruption.......it is endemic to the human psyche.....no other species suffers from it........even a lion when he has a kill....and has his fill, he will walk away and leave the carcass to the Jackals and Hyenas......but a Human would stand over the rotting carcass and stop anyone else from  getting any of his/her stuff, even though he/she had long since lost interest......we are the only species that wants far more than it needs......no matter how much we have.....we want more.....some are restricted from corruption by their own conscience, some are restricted by the fear of being caught and punished and some will do anything and everything to get it......
it was much better back when Joh Bjelke and Russ Hinze were in charge of QLD........nothing wrong going on there, was there?

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« 2020-Feb-27, 02:54 PM Reply #12 »
But where can we go Peter?

Is there somewhere you recommend?

Surely not corrupt Victoria or inept NSW? Perhaps NT?

Given Peter's experience, perhaps he can start racing afresh in New Guinea.

He could start from scratch and create a racing nirvana.

Field sizes, all aspects of betting, no corruption. Peter's utopian rules apply. He is given absolute power.

Imagine what he could achieve by being sent off to Port Morseby!

We might even pass the hat around for a one way ticket   :lol:

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« 2020-Feb-27, 03:07 PM Reply #13 »
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« 2021-May-13, 08:50 AM Reply #14 »
Courier Mail report
Raid made on alleged link to Currie
PETER HARDWICK

POLICE investigating suspected doping of thoroughbred race horses had seized containers of liquid from the property of an alleged associate of horse trainer Ben Currie, Toowoomba Magistrates Court has heard.

Sergeant Brendan Blythe told the court he and Queensland Racing Crime Squad officers raided the Forestdale property near Browns Plains of an alleged associate of Currie’s on September 22, 2018, and found plastic containers of liquid in a garage.

One of the containers was labelled “Opt1” and it was seized for analysis, he said.

The prosecution alleges optimizer medication was among substances injected to race horses under the charge of Currie.

Optimizer medication such as L-Arginine allegedly promote normal blood-oxygen levels to performance horses’ muscles to maximise efficiency.

The use of optimizers with horses is prohibited on race day under the rules of racing

Currie, 30, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud – dishonestly obtaining a benefit on diverse dates between February 14, 2017, and February 15, 2019.

The trial, which started on Monday before Magistrate Kay Ryan, continues.

ENDS


Giddy Up :beer:


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« 2021-May-13, 07:19 PM Reply #15 »
Hope they nail him soon

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« 2021-May-13, 09:04 PM Reply #16 »
Toowoomba horse trainer Ben Currie fronts court after pleading not guilty to fraud charge

Police officer tells Toowoomba court of obtaining warrants to tap the phones of people including horse trainer Ben Currie.
Peter Hardwick
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May 11, 2021 - 3:35PM
Toowoomba Chronicle

Horse trainer Ben Currie has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud.
Horse trainer Ben Currie has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud.

Horse trainer Ben Currie’s phone and those of three associates were tapped by police investigating suspected doping practices in the thoroughbred racing industry.

Detective Senior Constable Damian Carroll, who was with the police service’s Queensland Racing Crime Squad at the time, told Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Tuesday officers had obtained warrants to tap the phones of a number of people including Ben Currie from July 2018.

The taps were part of Operation Quebec Creed, which investigated suspected doping practices.

Some of the taped recordings allegedly linked to calls involving Currie were played to the court.

Amid colourful language back and forth, people are heard to talk about “shampooing” a horse.

In one call a man is heard to say “all shampooed”.

Prosecutor Paul Rutledge has told the court that it was the prosecution case that “shampooing” was known in racing circles as the term for injecting a substance into a horse.

The court heard the use of optimizer medication such as L-arginine on race day was against the rules of racing.

Currie, 30, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud — dishonestly obtaining a benefit on diverse dates between February 14, 2017, and February 15, 2019.

His co-accused Anthony Raymond Stephens, 27, has pleaded not guilty to a similar charge but on diverse dates between August 9, 2018, and February 15, 2019.

The prosecution alleges Currie was the instigator of a “scheme” in administering substances to a number of horses during the charge dates.

The prosecution claims the substances were administered by either injection or “stomach tubing” whereby a tube is placed down the horse’s throat so the substance can be put directly into the stomach.

The Toowoomba Magistrates Court trial before Magistrate Kay Ryan, which started on Monday, is expected to hear from a total 18 witnesses and run for up to 10 days

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Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2021-May-19, 12:51 PM Reply #17 »
Hope they nail him soon


For "shampooing" ?

What an absolute joke.

If they jailed every trainer, who gave a horse drugs, there would be full jails and empty racetracks.

Chris Munce didn't even get suspended after admitting raceday treatment. Definite rules for some but not for others??


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« 2021-May-19, 06:40 PM Reply #18 »
Sorry napes, stuff him

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« 2021-May-20, 09:03 AM Reply #19 »
With that informative argument you've convinced me. He must be the devil  :o

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« 2021-May-20, 09:07 AM Reply #20 »
napes,

The stats for him screamed loud and clear he was a crook. Thats why the other trainers were screaming so loudly before the evidence was found to show why the big change in stats occurred. They did not need to wait for the evidence beyond the stats to know.

Fours

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« 2021-May-21, 05:12 PM Reply #21 »
Verdict in Ben Currie fraud trial

By peter hardwick
03:22pm • 21 May 2021

After a two-week trial which followed a two-year investigation, horse trainer Ben Currie has been found not guilty of a charge of fraud.

Mr Currie, 30, and co-accused Anthony Raymond Stephens, 27, had been charged with fraud – dishonestly gaining a benefit relating to 14 races involving horses trained by Mr Currie.

Both pleaded not guilty to their respective charge.

The prosecution claimed a number of horses had been injected or stomach tubed with substances to enhance performance on the day of the race which is contrary to the rules of racing in Queensland.

However, in her judgment, Magistrate Kay Ryan said there was no evidence any of the horses particularised by the prosecution had tested positive for such substances after the particular races.

She also found there was no evidence that the term of “shampooing”, which the prosecution claimed was a code word for injecting a horse with performance enhancing substances, was associated with such a practice.

Mr Currie and Mr Stephens gave each other a nod of approval when Ms Ryan told the court that she could not find either defendant guilty of the charge.

Mr Currie’s racing licence is still under suspension until next month and it is not clear as yet if he will apply for his licence to be reinstated once his ban is over now that he has been cleared by the court.

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« 2021-May-21, 05:17 PM Reply #22 »
Hmmmm,

Judges unfamiliar with racing carrying ons keep make similar findings.

Those in the industry know the truth of the matter.

I wonder how much use of statistical changes in performanc before, during, and after the period in question  was used if at all in the trial.

Fours

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« 2021-May-21, 06:32 PM Reply #23 »


As I was saying,

Simply unfair -- for so long already and so long prospectively

The prior, continuing and prospective management of this matter is so typical of the corrupted political and administrative mindset in Queensland as to make one wonder why anyone stays there.

..........the failures in this 'tropical' culture, across the board,  are so frequent, so often and so destructive as to warrant a federal royal commission to correct an obviously corrupt culture.

It is not just 'racing queensland' -- it is generic.

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« 2021-May-21, 08:05 PM Reply #24 »
This has nothing to do with racing
This is about law


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