Harness racing trainer based near Bendigo charged with race fixing offences

A HARNESS racing trainer based in Shelbourne has been charged with four offences for alleged race fixing.

The 60-year-old man was arrested during raids on two rural properties south west of Bendigo on November 14.

He has been charged with engaging in, and facilitating, conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of event or event contingency.

The man was also charged with concealing conduct, agreement or arrangement, and the use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes.

He is expected to appear in court later this month.

The Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit carried out the raids.

The unit was established in 2013 to investigate allegations of corruption across various sports in Victoria.

The investigation into the harness racing industry has resulted in criminal charges against a father-and-son team from near Mildura, and their suspension from the sport until 2027.

They received community corrections orders after pleading guilty to race fixing-related offences.