The NRL’s investigation of the Cronulla Sharks salary cap scandal has uncovered a fake $100,000 invoice from a telecommunications company used to pay two players, according to a report by The Daily Telegraph.
Former Sharks boss and now Manly chief executive Lyall Gorman is set to be quizzed by investigators on the matter, who denied questions from the The Daily Telegraph.
“I will go in to see the Integrity Unit as soon as I possibly can and let the investigation take its course,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
Documents have revealed the Sharks took out a five-year $100,000 form a finance company which are still being paid off.
The company, Compare Communications, has since been deregistered by ASIC, owned by businessman John Barker.
“They (the Sharks) were meant to have all their phones come across to my company but it never happened,” Barker told The Daily Telegraph.
“We haven’t received any money from the Sharks. It point blank hasn’t happened. We might have sent them an invoice but I can categorically deny the Sharks have ever sent us $100,000. We didn’t get one cent from them.”
The two players involved were ex-Sharks Jeff Robson and Chris Heighington, who were not necessarily aware of the bogus transactions.
The NRL’s salary cap investigation of Cronulla is hoping to be finished by Christmas.