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‘Really stupid’: director cops punishment for Dally M scandal

The Sydney software company director who sparked the Dally M betting scandal has been slammed as “just really stupid” before being allowed to walk out of court without a fine.Magistrate Michael Crompton fired the pointed comment at Benjamin David Trevisiol as the 31-year-old was on Friday convicted over his role in the affair.The former StatEdge…

The Sydney software company director who sparked the Dally M betting scandal has been slammed as “just really stupid” before being allowed to walk out of court without a fine.

Magistrate Michael Crompton fired the pointed comment at Benjamin David Trevisiol as the 31-year-old was on Friday convicted over his role in the affair.

The former StatEdge managing director was facing a maximum penalty of two years in jail before he was handed an 18-month good behaviour bond for leaking the result of last year’s Dally M coach of the year award to his business partner Joshua Wilson.

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Both Trevisiol and Wilson, who was on Wednesday also handed an 18-month good behaviour bond, placed two bets on Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy, who was at that stage a rank outsider with the bookies.

StatEdge was used by the NRL to tally the votes for the Dally M Awards, and Trevisiol used his inside information to pocket $950 after placing bets on September 13 and 27.

Wilson subsequently revealed that the Storm supercoach was set to take out his fifth Dally M coach of the year award while drinking with mates at an eastern suburbs hotel.

Members of the group also placed bets, setting off a plunge that raised the suspicions of bookmakers who in turn tipped off the NRL integrity unit.

“I must say that when reading the facts it was just really stupid,” Mr Crompton said.

After Wilson was convicted on Wednesday, he revealed that he had been forced to give up $10 million worth of shares in two companies that he founded, including StatEdge.

Trevisiol was arrested after Strike Force Mirrabei raided StatEdge’s Surry Hills offices. He was charged with communicating inside information to bet on an event and using inside information to bet on an event.

Trevisiol’s lawyer Chris Cole asked for no conviction to be recorded against his client.

However, police prosecutor Amin Assad pointed out that Trevisiol instigated the affair that led to the NRL banning all betting on the Dally M Awards.

“Only one person was privileged to that information and Mr Trevisiol was that person, he shared that material,” Mr Assad said.

“If not for Mr Trevisiol we wouldn’t be here.”

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