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Australian Casino Sued by Power Company

27 August 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian: "An energy company may sue Melbourne's Crown Casino to recover $800,000 gambled away by a high-rolling former manager, a court heard today.

"Wayne John Seiler stole $1.04 million from electricity and gas provider TXU while working as a financial manager last year, the Victorian County Court heard.

"…Defence lawyer Peter Chadwick said the theft fuelled Seiler's casino gambling, which began after he moved from Sydney to Melbourne alone, despondent and in debt when his marriage collapsed.

"Identified as a big spender, Seiler was invited to the high-roller Mahogany Room and often stayed through the night, the court heard.

"…Mr Chadwick said TXU had applied for compensation and filed a civil suit against Seiler.

"He said a case before the Supreme Court might act as a precedent allowing TXU to widen its civil action in a bid to recover the stolen money from Crown…"

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