In Crime by Clyde Mooney

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NSW Liquor & Gaming has seized 35 gaming machines from a warehouse in south-west Sydney.

L&G inspectors are investigating the possible illegal possession and sale of gaming machines by a licensed technician and seller.

The recent seizure is part of the ongoing investigation, and the machines will be used as evidence.

There are strict controls and serious penalties relating to keeping, moving and disposing of gaming machines, dictated by the Gaming Machine Act 2001.

“Such offences can threaten the integrity of the gaming industry and lead to a lack of public confidence in regulatory controls,” says L&G’s Director of Compliance Operations, Sean Goodchild.

“It is against the law to be in possession of a gaming machine in NSW unless properly authorised, with maximum potential penalties of up to $11,000 and or 12 months’ imprisonment.”

There is no implied connection between this seizure and the case heard last month pursued by the regulator against hotel broker Nick Tinning, who was found to have half a dozen non-functioning machines stored in his basement.