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4 Jockeys Among 13 Charged in UK Betting Scandal
In the UK, jockeys Paul Doe, Greg Fairley, Kirsty Milczarek, Jimmy Quinn & former rider Paul Fitzsimons (now a trainer) "have been charged by the British Horseracing Authority with serious breaches of the rules of racing, including deliberately not riding a horse to obtain the best possible placing" reported racingpost.com. The charges "focus on horses being laid to lose on betting exchanges in 10 races between January-August 2009". Licensed owners Maurice Sines & James Crickmore have also been charged, as well as 6 other unlicensed individuals Peter Gold, Nick Gold, Shaun Harris, David Kendrick, Darren May & Liam Vasey. All 13 individuals have been charged with "conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice". An independent disciplinary panel hearing has been set for October 20 & is scheduled to last 10 days. BHA acting chief executive Chris Brand confirmed: "The charges are the result of a lengthy, detailed & complex investigation, following suspicious betting activity on more than one betting exchange & with traditional bookmakers."