Australian Man Jailed For Tote Betting Scam, by Greg Tingle - 5th July 2010

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A South Australian punter has now been sentenced to over 3 years in the can (jail) for stealing from Tote Tasmania in a crafty computer fraud scheme that turned over a cool $2.5 million.

Mr Dylan Johnstone, aged 23, pleaded guilty to a massive 362 counts of computer-related fraud between November 2009 and January 2010. He was a busy boy as the say in the suburbs.

The court house previously heard that Johnstone discovered a vulnerability of sorts in an internet payment system which he used and abused to facilitate false payments of more than $750,000 into his Tote online gambling account.

Hobart Supreme Court - Justice Shan Tennant advised Johnstone bet heavily and sometimes times won, with the turnover of his Tote account reaching a substantial $2.5 million.

But she went on to describe the scheme as "spectacularly unsuccessful" and said Johnstone ended up well over his head.

None the less, she sentenced him to three and a half years jail and with two and a half year parole period.

Johnstone has been ordered to pay back Tote's losses amounting to almost half a million dollars.

It is unknown at this time if, when or how much of the half a mill he will be able to pay back to the Tote.

Punters, please play it legal, bet with your head, not over it, know the odds, have fun and for Christ's sake, don't do anything we wouldn't do.

*The writer is a special contributor for Gambling911

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