This week it was revealed that the New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority issued a series of fines and bans to two individuals involved in gaming machines.
The fines were issued to technician Riad Allam and sales rep Justin Layden, who were found to have participated in a machine rebirthing racket, wherein they were moving machines without authorization. The two were ordered to pay fines amounting to A$100,000, with Allam given a A$66,000 fine and a three year ban from working in the betting industry. Layden was given a A$34,000 fine and a one year ban.
43 gaming machines were found as part of the scheme, which were slated to be destroyed as they were at the end of their life cycle. The two men instead took those machines and re-purposed them to be delivered to licensed venues within the state.
Speaking about the fines NSW Liquor & Gaming Director of Compliance Operations Sean Goodchild said, "Gaming machines in NSW are tightly regulated and strict rules apply to sellers, dealers and technicians. The unlawful conduct in this case undermines the integrity of the industry and increases the risk of gaming machines falling into the wrong hands."