Bar owner stole pokie profits

Last updated 12:21 13/02/2014

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An Auckland bar owner has pleaded guilty to stealing pokie machine profits valued at $93,000.

Patrick Francis Williams, 67, whose companies owned gambling venues the Milestone bar in Otahuhu and the Courtyard Bar in Glen Innes, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by a person in a special relationship.

Williams failed to bank $93,127 of profit into the accounts of North and South Trust, the designated pokie machine grants trust that would distribute the funds to the community.

Department of Internal Affairs director of gambling compliance Debbie Despard said Williams either failed to bank the pokie profits or significant portions of sums that were deposited were dishonoured.

"He also failed to keep to an agreement made with the incorporated society, North and South Trust Ltd, to pay back the money," Despard said.

"The community is the ultimate beneficiary of the gaming machine proceeds, so when someone fails to bank the proceeds it is community groups that miss out."

Williams, who now lives on Australia's Gold Coast, will be sentenced on April 17.

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- Fairfax Media

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