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Welfare cheats among the big gamblers at Crown Casino

17 November 2008

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by The Australian: "High-rolling welfare cheats are splurging millions of dollars in casinos across Australia.

"They include a Victorian man who gambled $12.9 million at Crown Casino's tables despite collecting $224 a week on the dole.

"A Centrelink probe has uncovered the gambling habits of 2300 pensioners and unemployed who spent at least $50,000 on casino chips each.

"Thirty welfare recipients - including nine Victorians - spent more than $1 million gambling at casinos.

"Police are investigating amid suspicions of money laundering by crime syndicates.

"More than 820 Victorian welfare cheats were caught - more than any other state - with almost everyone betting at Crown..."

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