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Woman Showed No Sign of Problem Gambling

12 September 2006

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- As reported by Stuff: "The former general manager of Dunedin Casino said yesterday that, with the benefit of hindsight, more could have been done to help a woman who stole from her employer to feed her gambling addiction.

"But Rod Woolley told a Gambling Commission hearing in Auckland that Christine Keenan did not exhibit the characteristics of a problem gambler.

"The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has made an application to the commission for the casino's licence to be suspended.

"The Gambling Act requires casinos to have a policy for identifying problem gamblers, offering them advice and ultimately banning them for up to two years.

"The commission has been told Keenan gambled away $6.6 million from 2001 to 2004, when she was jailed for three years after being convicted of stealing more than $500,000 from her employer.

"She had also sold her house, used money from her marriage settlement, and spent her inheritance so she could continue gambling at the casino.."

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