Tour operators with links to powerful Asian crime gangs were used by Crown Resorts to lure Chinese high rollers to its casinos in Melbourne and Perth, it is claimed.
A criminal syndicate known as & # 39; The Company & # 39; allegedly used bank accounts and high roller rooms linked to Crown to launder money, a joint investigation of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes has revealed.
Asian criminal syndicates, known as triads, are linked to Chinese junket operators, who are licensed to bring wealthy gamblers to Australian casinos.
Shocking claims have been made that a criminal syndicate known as & # 39; The Company & # 39; bank accounts and high roller rooms linked to Crown used to launder money (file image)
These junket operators specialize in selling overseas casinos to high-stakes Chinese gamblers and can arrange travel and credit for them.
They manage the local funds of the gamblers and maintain contacts with the casinos, who pay them to build things up.
While some junket operators are legitimate, others are controlled by Asian criminal syndicates, according to the US government, industry analysts, and Australian law enforcement officers.
One of these criminal syndicates, The Company, has been linked to criminal activities in Australia for decades.
An 2013 interview between the Australian Federal Police and one junk operator, released for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 minutes, revealed that he was hired by The Company because he had contacts at Crown Casino.
Roy Whye Wah Moo said he was recruited by The Company because of his & # 39; mutual trust & # 39; with Crown and because laundering money through the casino was easier than using a bank.
In December 2013, former financial advisor Moo of Doncaster East, Victoria was imprisoned for two years after admitting to using linked bank accounts at Melbourne Crown Casino to launder $ 682,000.
Moo was an authorized representative of the Ang Junket Group – who arranged trips to Crown Casino for Asian visitors – and carried out financial transactions with a Crown Patron Identity.
The arrest was the first confirmation that the company was exploiting Crown to launder money – while Moo revealed to the police it was easier to & # 39; black money & # 39; by moving Crown to a bank.
Moo's CCTV vision, uncovered during the investigation, shows that he dumps bundles of money from a plastic bag onto the counter of a Crown cashier.
Roy Whye Wah Moo (photo) was caught on CCTV money laundering money via Crown for Chinese gangs in 2013
Jenny Jiang (photo), a former Crown employee who spent a month in a Chinese prison, said the company quickly followed visas for Chinese gamblers to visit Australia
This money was then transferred via Crown & # 39; s accounts to members of The Company in Hong Kong, according to The SMH.
Crown & # 39; s efforts to lure large gamblers to their casinos in Melbourne and Perth led to an anti-corruption operation by the Chinese government in October 2016.
The crackdown led to 19 former and serving Crown employees being arrested by the Chinese authorities.
Jason O & # 39; Connor, head of Crown & # 39; s & # 39; international VIP & # 39; s program, was convicted of promoting gambling in mainland China where it is forbidden.
Another of the 19 employees arrested is Jenny Jiang who spent a month in a Chinese prison.
Ms. Jiang said for 60 minutes that Crown organized the fast tracking of hundreds of visas for Chinese nationals who were planning to gamble millions at Australian casinos.
Australian billionaire James Packer owns a 36 percent stake in Crown – although he sells up to 20 percent in September.
Packer denied last week & # 39; powerful & # 39; each knowledge of the conduct of the company's activities in China in a letter through his lawyer to The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes.
He has not held an executive position at Crown Resorts since 2012 and fulfilled his role as chairman in August 2015 and board member in December 2015.
According to the lawyer's letter, Mr. Packer only played a & # 39; passive role & # 39; at Crown.
The Crown Resorts Barangaroo casino and hotel project in Sydney is currently under construction and will be opened in 2022.
The $ 2 billion casino is aimed at the high-roller market and is expected to receive much of its activities from Chinese citizens during gambling trips.
The Crown Resorts Barangaroo casino and hotel project in Sydney is currently under construction and will be opened in 2022
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