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Harness racing charges identities with fraud

The case against four men, including the former chairman of Harness Racing New Zealand, has been set down for a hearing in March after they appeared at the Wellington District Court on Monday.

The four men have been charged over gaming fraud allegedly worth $30 million.

Former HRNZ chairman Patrick O’Brien, his son Mike O’Brien, hospitality consultant Paul Max and a fourth man whose name is suppressed, face 32 charges of obtaining benefits by deception.

The Serious Fraud Office has had ongoing investigations for a number of years into gaming trusts set up by the O’Brien’s and their associates.

Greg Wattam
Greg has had a radio career spanning over 20 years. He has worked in China, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Greg started his career at Radio Windy in Wellington and was on the first privately-owned FM radio station in Hawkes Bay. He is also an award-winning chef.
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