Former Maori All Black guilty of $300k theft

Last updated 18:01 25/01/2013

Relevant offers

National News

Chris Cairns trial: My reputation 'scorched, burnt completely', former cricketer says All Blacks star Ma'a Nonu says Jonah Lomu's 'legacy will live on' Cars losing their cool in Wellington as road rage drives people to trains and buses New Zealander admits using false passport to flee to Canada Drink-driving conviction quashed after blood tests yield three different results Two workers involved in calf abuse no longer employed Woman cut free from car in Taranaki The unofficial guide to becoming a participant on Grand Designs Workplace tribunal backs employer who sacked worker for being too fat Crash backs up traffic from Porirua to Tawa

A former Maori All Black has been found guilty of stealing more than $300,000 from pokie machine grants intended for South Auckland trusts.

Lindsay Raki appeared at the Auckland District Courts on Tuesday where he was convicted of 11 counts of theft.

Raki - who denies responsibility - was charged in 2011 after an investigation by the Department of Internal Affairs found discrepancies in the distribution of pokie machine grants intended for the Manurewa High School Rugby Academy and the Counties Manukau Youth Development Inc.

He acted as the financial controller for the two organisations and between 2006 and 2008 he applied to a number of gambling societies for grants to fund youth rugby.

Raki then paid the money into his personal bank accounts.

In her judgement, Judge Ema Aitken labelled the qualified accountant "a dishonest witness" who wove stories and created documents to "back up his story".

Judge Aitken also rejected Raki's evidence, calling it "untrue", and labelled his witnesses "unreliable".

Debbie Despard, the Department of Internal Affairs' gambling compliance director, said the department "works to ensure the integrity of gambling in New Zealand".

"The money involved in this case should have been distributed to the community, in particular to young people playing the national game of rugby," she said.

"Every dollar that is misappropriated from pokie machine grants is a dollar that is not available to the community."

Raki will be sentenced in April.

Ad Feedback

- Auckland Now

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content