Tuesday September 17 2013

– An accused match-fixing Australian ringleader mentioned $150,000 during a phone call taped by police before a soccer game last week, a court has heard.

Investigators allege about 440 recorded calls by Segaran “Gerry” Gsubramaniam indicated his role in fixing linked to the Southern Stars.

Charges sheets show matches under scrutiny are the Stars’ games against Richmond last Friday and earlier Victorian Premier League clashes against Hume City, Green Gully, Pascoe Vale and Oakleigh.

Police yesterday told Melbourne Magistrates Court that Mr Gsubramaniam had admitted passing on instructions from a known international fixer to the Stars.

Mr Gsubramaniam, 45, allegedly passed on information from associates in Hungary and Malaysia.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Poynder said more than $200,000 had been transferred to Mr Gsubramaniam since July.

“On a worldwide scale he is not the bigwig; Australia-wise he is,” Senior Sergeant Poynder said.

It is believed police are investigating people overseas involved and extraditing them to Australia could be possible.

Senior Sergeant Poynder said several of the accused were professional players from the UK and Czech Republic, and all but one nominated Malaysian national Mr Gsubramaniam “as being the main man”.

One of his phone calls before Friday’s match against Richmond Football Club involved talk of $150,000, the court heard.

Police found three mobile phones, SIM cards and fund transfer records at his Oakleigh South premises.

Mr Gsubramaniam was charged with five counts of engaging in, and five counts of facilitating, conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome. Police opposed bail, saying he was a flight risk. The application was adjourned until Friday, when five other accused will appear.

Goalkeeper Joe Woolley, 23, a UK citizen residing in Preston, faces eight charges, as does Reiss Noel, 24, who also lives in Preston. Coach Zaya Younan, and two UK nationals – Nicholas McCoy and David Obaze – face eight charges.

– Emily Portelli & Carly Crawford


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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