Hong Kong Court Sentences Australian Jockey to 30 Months in Prison
March 8, 2007 3:09am CST
A Hong Kong court has sentenced one of Australia's best-known jockeys to 30 months in prison for taking bribes in exchange for racing tips. Thirty-seven-year-old Chris Munce won Australia's 1998 Melbourne Cup. An anti-corruption sting caught Munce last July with 32-thousand dollars stuffed into his pockets after meeting a Chinese businessman. Court testimony said Munce gave racing tips to the man through an Indian go-between. Rules of Hong Kong's Jockey Club prohibit jockeys from providing information about their horses or betting on races in which they have a stake. The judge said the evidence suggested Lau paid for Munce's insider information. Munce's attorney argued that his client's infractions amounted to what the lawyer called a victimless crime.