Cash taken to feed lust for pokies
A NEW Australian study h a s c o n f i r m e d w h a t many have suspected for years – poker machines can drive ordinary people to commit frauds adding up to millions of dollars to fuel their gambling addictions.
And the victims are o v e r w h e l m i n g l y e m - ployers whose addicted staff cannot keep their hands out of the cash register, according to fore n s i c a c c o u n t a n c y Warfield & Associates.
The firm analysed 181 court cases i nvolving fraud from across Australia between January 2008 and December last year, in which gambling was the main motivator.
Report author Brett Warfield said after an earlier study in 2005, poker machines " once again came out on top" as t h e r e a s o n a c c o u n t clerks, bank staff, bookkeepers, hotel managers and teachers took to a life of crime.