The Star accused of welfare fraud and unauthorized payouts

The Star accused of welfare fraud and unauthorized payouts

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The Star accused of welfare fraud and unauthorized payouts

A senior executive at The Star Entertainment Group has stated that the company faked welfare checks for slot machine users, letting them withdraw the sum of $3.2 million.

During an investigation of The Star’s business practices, the executive, Nicholas Weeks, made these claims.

Following The Star’s 2022 casino license loss, Weeks was appointed by the NSW Independent Casino Commission. In addition to criticizing The Star for failing to address compliance and culture issues, he claimed that officials were planning to sue him.

A broken machine that let users withdraw money they hadn’t earned was the cause of one such incidents. According to reports, the corporation needed over two months to fix the machine, which Weeks claimed indicated internal cultural issues.

Weeks also revealed Liquor and Gaming NSW‘s discovery that The Star had neglected to carry out the necessary welfare checks on poker machine operators. Given that none of the company’s employees reported the breaches, he suggested they were serious and pervasive.

Weeks also revealed that he was taken aback by text messages that The Star’s management had exchanged, implying that they intended to fire him and file a lawsuit against him and the regulator.

Other executive testimonies will be included in the investigation, and a determination about The Star’s ability to obtain a casino license will be made. In light of these disclosures, the company’s share price has substantially decreased.

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