Quartet charged in $30 million gambling scam
Four men have been indicted for a large-scale gambling fraud. According to previous media reports, the gaming machines fraud amounted to a whopping $30 million
. The exact amount of the gambling fraud will be revealed at a later stage. It is the biggest case ever in the New Zealand gambling industry.
Father and son accused
Among the four indicted men are Paul Anthony Max, Patrick O'Brien and his son Michael Joseph O’Brien. The other suspect remains unidentified. The quartet has appeared in the Wellington District Court in connection with the gambling scam
. Pokie machines generate nearly $250 million annually, money that flows into the community.
Multiple agencies and entities participated in the investigation that resulted in the criminal charges. Besides the Department of Internal Affairs, the Organized and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ)
, and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) cooperated with the investigation.