David Fisher had an article in Saturday’s paper about a pokie fraudster. I have now had several tips on the tipline providing further information about this bloke:
This particular part is bullshit:
“Gibbons has lived a life committed to his community. There have beenÂ cricket and horses – the rhythm of life in Franklin, south ofÂ Auckland.”
And this sentence is plain effing laughable:
“There was barely a blemish in life until he started trying to bringÂ in money for Counties Manukau Bowls.”
What Gibbons didn’t tell Fisher is that he was kicked out of theÂ Franklin Trotting Club, The Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club and theÂ Pukekohe IHC.
My Grandmother’s bowling club was one of the clubs he tried to get toÂ invest in his scheme and it was from there that I found out about the other Pukekohe organisations he got the boot from.
While there were others who got off scot-free, he is far from the poorÂ innocentÂ old coot he is making himself out to be.
Did David Fisher contact any of those clubs/organisations to verify Gibbon’s story?
Or was this a case of rushing a bad story about the evils of pokie machines out there in order to continue the Herald’s lop-sided anti-gambling campaign.