● The Trusts Charitable Foundation (TTCF Inc) ● The Trusts Community Foundation Ltd (TTCF Ltd) ● Otago Rugby Football Union (ORFU) ● Professional Rugby ● Centre of Excellence for Amateur Sport ● Harness Racing ● Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) ● Gambling Commission ● Pokies ● Rorts ● Organised Crime ● Serious Fraud ● Political Interference
The corruption surrounding TTCF, Racing and ORFU’s multimillion-dollar pokie scam just won’t go away.
I’m sure Sheriff at Racecafe won’t mind if we reproduce his comment in full here, scroll down.
Racecafe puts the boot into TTCF trustee Murray Acklin and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) chief executve Greg Purcell.
Racecafe claims the two men have conspired to fleece even more pokie money out of TTCF and other trusts. DIA and SFO get a mention but the catch is this – while DIA/SFO have paraded this big investigation involving racing in the media, DIA/SFO have deliberately avoided TTCF.
Why? Remember that it was our own ORFU that started the Jokers rorts in 2005 – they bought the Jokers Bars in Auckland and after 18 months sold a 50% stake in Jokers to Mike O’Brien and Harness Racing interests.
It seems Rugby has total immunity in New Zealand, as do Licensing trusts, and on that basis TTCF were just too big to fail regardless of the corruption.
### racecafe.co.nz Posted 30 July 2013 – 06:57 PM
Forum: Pokies and Purcell
Started by Sheriff
[By] his own admission Purcell has stayed with Acklin (twice) to secure pokie monies to prop up this industry, and that’s despite the fact we get what is our due anyway from the NZRB to meet our operating expenses and stakes.
I have always had doubts about the Purcell Acklin relationship and the morality and legality of their joint behaviour, so I asked one of my men on the inside to provide me with data on their activities.
Here’s a little something to make your hair curl, and help you understand why society and the government loathes racing and the dependence we have on pokies and the Acklins of this world.
A word of caution, this data is as supplied from the TTCF trust and I have no way of knowing if it’s 100% accurate other than to presume that they’d hardly provide information that made them look worse than they actually are….and they’re dodgy in the extreme!!, plus it’s on their letterhead so I’m guessing it’s rock solid true.
Anyway I totalled all the grants made to thoroughbred racing for the years 2008, 2009 and up until November 2011 when Purcell became the CEO of NZTR.
In the 35 months, nearly three years previous, NZTR was granted $3,496,844.00, say 3.5 mill shall we, and that’s just over a million a year.
In the nine months from his appointment onward, and during the periods he stayed with Acklin in Queenstown, NZTR applied for $4,676,643.31, let’s call that 4.6 million plus shall we?, in a very short period of just nine months.
Not all those applications were granted but it doesn’t change the fact that prior to Purcell NZTR was receiving about a million a year, and once Purcell and Acklin started doing business those applications went up to over 6 million a year if you annualise those figures.
Now can anyone tell me if they think this is morally acceptable, if it stands public scrutiny, and if they’re happy that the Acklin controlled pokie dens in Sth Auckland and other poor socio-economic areas were potentially bled to the tune of 6 million to prop up our code?
A note to consider when you set your moral compass, Acklin had in 2009 been the subject of a DIA audit that declared him to be using trust monies for personal expenses, that were excessive, not related to gaming operations, for illegal food and liquor, not properly documented, and substantial costs of $135,000 per annum paid to Mr and Mrs Acklin, through Evergreen Lodge Ltd, for “recruiting high performance sites”, costs described as not reasonable and extreme by the DIA.
On that basis I cannot see how NZTR and Purcell could argue that they didn’t know they were doing massive business with a person, and a pokie trust, that did not stand public scrutiny.
A note to conclude…there’s an old saying about lying down with dogs and getting fleas…
See Comments following Sheriff’s post at
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