Pressure on Parra as police raid club

VideoImageNRL: The Parramatta Eels have until Friday to responsed to allegations around their salary cap scandal

Kieran Foran, Corey Norman and coach Brad Arthur at training. There is no suggestion any of the players have done anything illegal. Picture: Mark EvansSuperintendent Arthur Katsogiannis told Parramatta officials he had launched the investigation after reviewing the NRL’s breach notices to the club. It can also be revealed Liquor and Gaming NSW has stepped up its inquiry into the club in recent days.There is no suggestion that any player past or present has done anything wrong.Parramatta Leagues Club where Fraud Squad officers visited in. Picture: Mark EvansSource:News Corp AustraliaThere are suggestions police may have been at the club for up to 48 hours. A police spokesman confirmed “an investigation has commenced”.The move came two days after a Supreme Court action over the NRL’s breach notices by the Eels’ “Gang of Five” — Steve Sharp, John Boulous, Tom Issa, Peter Serrao and Daniel Anderson — failed.News of the fraud investigation follows revelations in The Telegraph’s Dodgy Deels series that the scandal-hit club used multiple bogus contracts and invoices to cover up some secret third-party payments.Boardroom tapes contained in the NRL’s breach notice ­revealed concern among Eels directors about some invoices.Detective Superintendent of the Fraud squad Arthur Katsogiannis personally attended the Eels club today to inform officials of the investigation.Source:News Corp AustraliaAt one point, Eels chairman Steve Sharp explained to the board how the club was making a TPA to Anthony Watmough through inflated invoices.“So she was going to increase her charges to us. So we are paying the third-party deal,” he said. Fellow director Tanya Gadiel responded: “Sorry, that’s the f-word, that’s fraud, isn’t it? That is fraud.”

Sharp replied: “It’s not fraud.” Fellow director Andrew Cordwell responded: “It’s certainly fudging the figures.”Former Parramatta player Daniel Harrison received large secret payments from suppliers who issued inflated invoices to the Eels. He was allegedly paid tens of thousands of dollars by ZibaraKieran Foran, Corey Norman and coach Brad Arthur at training. There is no suggestion …

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