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UK Probe Into Concealed Ownership Scam
Meanwhile the UK Horseracing Regulatory Authority confirmed it is taking "seriously enough" claims that trainers "have been complicit in a scam in which horses ran under concealed ownership to win significant sums of money after previously being stopped," reported racingpost.co.uk. The HRA "is collating facts relating to the alleged scam" which was revealed by The News Of The World & claimed "corrupt jockeys & trainers were being paid in cash & lap-dancers by a gambling gang". The newspaper reported a "rich Midlands businessman" had orchestrated the scam, with "trainers paid £100,000 (A$240,000) to co-operate". HRA spokesman Paul Struthers commented: "It's something that is being taken seriously here & we are gathering information. The main allegation is that an individual has owned a significant number of horses without any of them having been registered in his name, but rather in the names of other individuals & partnerships. It is then alleged that the horses have been subsequently backed to win lots of money."