An illegal gaming machine has been seized in Port Pirie by the State’s consumer watchdog..
The machine was among five confiscated in South Australia by Consumer and Business Services which was working with police.
In what was the first operation of its kind in the State, properties were raided and the illegal poker machines taken away.
Consumer and Business Service officers found a gaming machine at a Port Pirie address. The other machines were seized in areas including Willaston, Whyalla and Prospect.
The agency revealed that five machines were seized and eight individuals were found in unlawful possession of gaming machines.
“The Consumer and Business Service is now working on prosecutions over the seizures, and the maximum penalty for such offences is a $35,000 fine or two years’ gaol,” a spokesman said.
Acting Gaming Commissioner Dini Soulio sai the operation was the result of the agency receiving information about illegal machines.
“Under the Gaming Machines Act, it is illegal to have possession of a gaming machine without being licensed to do so,” he said.
“In some cases, we found that machines were being bought and placed in people’s family rooms and ‘man-caves’.
“Anyone considering buying a gaming machine without the appropriate licence should be aware that significant penalties apply.”