FORMER Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league player Ryan Tandy was charged yesterday over his alleged involvement in a failed NRL betting plunge last year.
Player-manager Sam Ayoub and former player John Elias, along with unnamed associates, stood to gain more than $113,000 had the betting plunge been successful, Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court was told yesterday.
Following a nine-month investigation, two detectives from the NSW Casino and Racing Investigation Unit yesterday charged Tandy with attempting to dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.
Police Strike Force Suburb was established last year to investigate alleged illegal betting activity surrounding a round-24 NRL match between Canterbury and North Queensland in Townsville.
Tandy was penalised two minutes into the August 21 game at Dairy Farmers Stadium for holding down then Cowboys playmaker Grant Rovelli in front of the goalposts, after Tandy had spilled the ball and given away possession.