Number’s up on Keno loan gamble for owner of popular venue

ROCKHAMPTON businessman Karl John Schamburg, who owns a popular CBD venue, pleaded guilty this week to charges relating to Keno breaches.

Schamburg appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Tuesday on two counts of a Keno operator making loans or extending payments to Keno players on July 16 and 17, 2014.

A spokesperson from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation said Schamburg breached section 148(1) of the Keno Act 1996 which carries a maximum penalty of 200 penalty units or two years imprisonment.

"Under Section 148(1) an authorised Keno operator must not make a loan or extend credit in any form to any person, including themselves, to enable participation in an approved Keno game," the spokesperson said.

"Mr Schamburg pleaded guilty to two charges. The first charge was for extending credit to himself to take part in an approved Keno game, contrary to section 148(1) of the Keno Act 1996. The second charge was for extending credit to another party to enable them to take part in an approved Keno game, contrary to section 148(1) of the Keno Act 1996."

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll accepted Schamburg's guilty plea and ordered him to pay $1400 ($700 per charge) and court costs. No conviction was recorded.

The OLGR spokesperson said Keno breaches were not taken lightly.

"The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation takes breaches of the acts it administers extremely seriously and while the organisation adopts an escalated model of enforcement action there are times when the strongest remedial actions are appropriate," they said.

KENO RULES

An authorised Keno operator must not make a loan or extend credit in any form to any person, including themselves, to enable participation in an approved Keno game.



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