Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Home detention and more for pokie money theft

Home detention and more for pokie money theft


The former manager of two Hamilton bars was today sentenced to nine months home detention and 200 hours of community service for stealing more than $90,000 of gaming machine money from her employer.

Jane Bridget Hamilton, 38, cleaner of Hamilton, was also ordered to make reparation of $30,000 at $240 per week when she appeared for sentence in Hamilton District Court. She pleaded guilty in March to two charges of theft by a person in a special relationship and two of false accounting.

The Department of Internal Affairs said Hamilton was employed as bar manager at The Riv in the Clyde Street shopping centre and Still Working in Chartwell. The bars’ owner had to regularly inject cash into his business to maintain cash flow and meet gaming machine banking obligations. A review of gambling operations revealed that over four years Hamilton had falsified entries in gaming machine float records to show lesser takings, allowing her to take a total of $91,679 in amounts ranging from $200 to $1000 at a time.

Hamilton told gambling inspectors she had spent the money on her lifestyle and had nothing to show for it.

Acting Gambling Compliance Director, Raj Krishnan, said the bar owner reported the thefts to the Department.

“We monitor all gaming machine operations in pubs and clubs to ensure the accurate accounting of money and would have been able to confirm how much money would have been available for banking to the trust which operated the gaming machines. In this case, the venue operator met his banking obligations under the Gambling Act by making up the shortfalls in ‘takings’ so the community would not have missed out on grant money. But the bar owner is considerably out of pocket.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news