Former Wagga pub manager awaits fraud case outcome

Justice is yet to be served for the owner and staff of two struggling Wagga hotels whose manager took TAB vouchers from the pubs and cashed them in at two other agencies to pay wages and bills.

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David Anthony Brace, 51, was due to be sentenced this week, after he pleaded guilty at the first mention to two counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception. 

In Wagga Local Court on Monday, solicitor Morgan Jones representing Brace, said the pending intensive corrections order assessment was yet to be complete. 

Mr Jones said correctional services required a five-week adjournment to finalise Brace’s residential address.

The two charges cover Brace taking 22 vouchers worth a total of $22,380 from the Palm and Pawn Tavern and the Red Steer Hotel-Motel between March 15 and April 11.

One charge alleges Brace redeemed $13,120 worth of vouchers taken from the Palm and Pawn while the other charge alleges he redeemed $9260 worth of vouchers taken from the Red Steer. 

According to police facts tendered to the court after the pleas were entered, Brace claims all money owed to the TAB was paid back on April 19.

The deception came undone when the TAB recognised that both pubs were rejecting weekly settlements with their TAB accounts on a number of occasions. 

Brace resigned from his job after the fraud was exposed and remains in Sydney. 

The case will return to Wagga Local Court for sentencing on August 28.