29 May 2015

Court appearance for gaming fraud accused

3:07 pm on 29 May 2015

Three of the four men accused of a $30 million gaming machine fraud have re-appeared in the Wellington District Court.

A lawyer for the fourth man, former chairman of Harness Racing New Zealand, Patrick O'Brien, said his client was very unwell and asked for him to be excused from the appearance.

No pleas have yet been entered by Mr O'Brien, his son, Mike O'Brien or their co-accused, Paul Max, who is a hospitality consultant from Nelson.

Another man, a former gaming inspector whose name is suppressed, today pleaded not guilty to the two charges he faces.

All four men have been remanded on bail and the case will be back before the court in July.

The men were charged as a result of Operation Chestnut, an investigation involving the Serious Fraud Office, the Department of Internal Affairs and the police, which began in June 2012.