Cash taken to feed lust for pok­ies

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

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.

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