Former Wests Tigers NRL player Tim Simona is expected to be sentenced in a Sydney court after pleading guilty to dishonestly obtaining money from the auction of club merchandise.
Simona’s lawyer in May indicated the 25-year-old planned to plead guilty to fraud over the sale of signed jerseys which were supposedly auctioned for the Camp Quality children’s charity.
Court documents allege the proceeds were often sent to a personal bank account or Simona would collect the cash himself.
“He stated that he used the Camp Quality brand due to it being identifiable for people and thought it may help him raise more money,” the documents state.
Simona, who previously sought an adjournment so he could attend a gambling program, is scheduled to be sentenced at Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday.
He was deregistered from the NRL in March after admitting to placing bets on more than 60 games in 2016.
Simona has since revealed he had a cocaine addiction which developed during his time at the NRL club.
In March this year he donated $5000 to the charity due to his “embarrassment and remorse”.