Steve Hayes, the owner of the Aviva Premiership side London Wasps has been named as a suspect after being arrested by the Scotland Yard in February in a probe into a computer hacking scam, according to reports received.
The 50 year old is currently on bail after investigations into the illegal activities at News International first came to the public knowledge when the Scotland Yard came took up the case through Operation Tuleta, which is an offshoot of the Weeting Investigation team of the force.
However, according to the reports that have been received, the investigation that involves the millionaire is not linked to any kind of news organization or the activities of journalists as a matter of fact. Hayes also owns the English League club the Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and bought the London Wasps through a buyout in 2008. However, in October 2011, he announced plans to listen to offers for the Aviva Premiership side.
The multimillionaire businessman made all his money by selling an internet loans business and had been detained by the Scotland Yard for suspicion of offences committed under the Computer Misuse Act of the government. All in all, Hayes’ arrest takes the number of arrests made in this case to 46 and it might just make this one of the biggest cases to hit England in recent years.
The London Wasps have not been having the best of seasons in the Premiership and it waits to be seen how this scandal affects the mentality of the team, on and off the pitch. Furthermore, with the team up for sale, the mind of the players are already on securing moves away from the capital side and this might spell big trouble for all those who are involved with the club in one way or the other.