Harness racing charges identities with fraud

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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.

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