A former James Packer Crown Casino employee who spent a month in a Chinese prison cell alongside prostitutes and drug dealers, claims the company has developed an advanced plan to bring large gamblers to Australia.
Jenny Jiang was one of the 19 employees arrested following Crown's alleged attempts to lure major publishers to their casinos in Melbourne and Perth, which prompted an anti-corruption operation by the Chinese government in October 2016.
In a devastating 60-minute interview as part of a six-month joint investigation with The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Ms. Jiang claimed that the casino company of millions of dollars was more concerned with profit than with employee welfare.
Despite warnings from the Chinese government that they were being watched, Jiang said when she approached her employers, they promised she would not do anything illegal.
She said that & # 39; money was more important than the staff & # 39; for Crown, because they were willing to jeopardize her safety – and that of other local employees – to attract international customers.
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
& # 39; They do not deserve a license in Australia. They used the staff and then dumped us as used napkins. All employees have a criminal record now and in China. & # 39;
Ms. Jiang worked as a Crown & # 39; s administrator in Shanghai and went from a typical housewife in China to customers worth hundreds of millions of dollars to make the trip to Australia to Crown & # 39; s & # 39; luxury hotels & # 39 ; to visit.
& # 39; I had never seen anything like that, so much wealth.
"Customers lost around $ 10 million in 15-20 minutes," she said. & # 39; Then I realized for the first time what kind of job I had agreed to take on. & # 39;
Because gambling and gambling promotion is illegal on mainland China, Jenny was tasked with encouraging businessmen to travel down to Crown & # 39; s & # 39; luxury hotels & # 39; to experience.
She was encouraged to offer lucrative incentives to close the deal, including Hermes scarves and free use of a private jet.
& # 39; Crown told us that we were not doing anything illegal. But now I realize that was a lie. & # 39;
Ms. Jiang claims that Crown not only accelerated visas for international gamblers, but also tried to cover up illegal gambling promotion on mainland China.
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)
She said that her desire to talk about mistreatment of personnel and illegal activities comes despite the company offering her $ 60,000 in exchange for silence.
Ms. Jiang also claims that she has endangered her safety and well-being by lifting the lid on internal practices.
Crown is accused of working with the consulate office in China to speed up visas for hundreds of Chinese citizens who promise to spend tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on single trips to his casinos at locations throughout Australia.
The investigation also found that Crown cooperated with members of a Chinese criminal syndicate to launder funds.
A criminal syndicate known as & # 39; The Company & # 39; allegedly used bank accounts and high roller rooms linked to Crown to launder money, the joint research results suggested.
Asian criminal syndicates, known as triads, are linked to Chinese junket operators, who are licensed to bring wealthy gamblers to Australian casinos.
Now, the investigation claims that Crown was willing to compromise Australian peace and security by getting & # 39; in bed & # 39; with these & # 39; dangerous criminals & # 39 ;.
Former Royal Hong Kong Police Commander Steve Vickers described the triads as & # 39; complex organizations that need to be kicked very hard & # 39 ;.
While hesitating to offer exact examples of triad crimes, former commander Vickers said he appreciated his life over comment.
& # 39; Being a triad member is a huge red light for me. These people are well funded. Some of them are pretty dangerous. I am wise in my comments. I have taken triads for many years, but I am not suicidal at this stage either. & # 39;
One of Crown Melbourne & # 39; s high roller rooms where gamblers bet thousands of hands
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 investigation, 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.
Roy Whye Wah Moo (photo) was caught on CCTV money laundering money via Crown for Chinese gangs in 2013
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.
This money was then transferred via Crown & # 39; s accounts to members of The Company in Hong Kong, the study found.
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.
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Crown Resorts said the company has a framework to protect against money laundering.
& # 39; A class promotion is currently being conducted in which Crown defends. We can therefore not comment on specific issues & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson.
& # 39; Concerning junket operators and individuals, Crown does not comment on its business operations. Crown has an extensive money laundering framework that is subject to regulatory control by AUSTRAC. & # 39;
The class action was initiated after Crown & # 39; s stock price plummeted after the 2016 arrests in China.
The Crown Resorts Barangaroo casino and hotel project in Sydney is currently under construction and will be opened in 2022
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