Man convicted after fiddling gambling machine

Last updated 07:30 04/02/2013

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An Arrowtown man was convicted for gambling machine fraud when he appeared in Queenstown District Court last week.

Cyril John Cracknell, 49, unemployed, appeared before Judge Michael Turner charged with stealing keys on July 1, dishonestly accessing a TAB gaming machine without claim of right to obtain a betting voucher and dishonestly and without claim of right obtaining betting vouchers on December 5.

He was convicted and remanded to the Christchurch District Court for sentence on March 24.

A summary of facts says Cracknell was in the New Orleans Hotel in Arrowtown and watched a manager using keys to access a betting machine when it was jammed and alter its mode.

He stole a set of TAB keys and on the day of the offending spent wages at self-service betting machines.

The court was told he waited until the front bar area was empty and used a stolen key to change a machine to maintenance mode. He printed the last ticket, producing a betting voucher for $209.60 marked with the word "reprint".

He turned the key again returning the machine to self-service then rescanned the reprinted voucher, which gave him a credit of $209.60. He placed a $6 bet, giving a credit of $203.60 then printed off a new usable voucher redeemable for credit or cash. Throughout the day he reactivated the voucher, printing a new valid voucher for $65.20, then cashed in $107.20, $209.60 and other amounts for a total of $785.20.

He told police he had a drug and gambling problem and felt he had let his seven children down.

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Nicholas Mark Henderson, 27, gardener, 748mcg on January 6. Sentenced to 250 hours' community work and disqualified for 10 months.

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Valentina Isabel Torres Rocha, 26, Chilean national, of Fernhill, 583mcg on January 27.

She was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

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- The Southland Times

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