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Australian Charity Director Accused of Rigging Raffles

18 January 2002

AUSTRALIA -– Jan. 17, 2002 –- As reported by the Australian Associated Press: "The director of a Melbourne youth charity accused of rigging raffles worth $8 million was freed on bail today on condition he keep his hands off the lotteries.

"Melbourne Magistrates Court was told some of the money raised in the allegedly bogus raffles was used to help disadvantaged youth while the rest was `dispersed into the lifestyle' of Kids at Sea founder Lawrence Shannon.

"… A Kids at Sea raffle, with 1,600 tickets worth $300 each is due to be drawn in Melbourne on January 31 with $218,000 in prizes.

"Prosecutor Mark Regan said that since 1995 only four of the 32 raffles - which have sold tickets worth $8 million - were genuine.

"In the rest either Shannon or his associates won.

"…Shannon, who is facing 51 deception charges, remains director of the company and the raffle nominee registered at the Office of the Gambling Regulator…"

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