Pokie thief pleads guilty

A MAN who ripped off hundreds of dollars from a Coffs Coast club by tilting a pokie machine has pleaded guilty to committing the same crime in multiple clubs across the State.

Nick Petrovski, 25, appeared in Wollongong Local Court last week charged with six counts of fraudulently obtaining money in connection with a gaming machine and seven counts of interfering with a machine's operation, the Illawarra Mercury reports.

Petrovski and an accomplice were seen on security camera footage at Macksville Ex-Service's Club on September 11 last year.

The pair tilted the pokie machine in such a way that it paid out cash without losing the credits accumulated on the screen.

Petrovski and his accomplice asked for a $950 payout, which was handed out without question, and it was only when an audit at the club revealed a discrepancy that the CCTV footage was checked and Petrovski identified.

The court heard that Petrovski and up to two others committed multiple examples of the same crime over the course of three months in 2008, which resulted in them fraudulently obtaining more than $5500.

Petrovski is due back in court on April 29.

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