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NSW Reports Shows Star Entertainment Unhealthy To Hold Casino License

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NSW Reports Shows Star Entertainment Unhealthy To Hold Casino License
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Liquor and Gaming, New South Wales reports, show Star Entertainment is unhealthy to hold a casino license.

According to a report carried out by Liquor and Gaming New South Wales, Star Entertainment Sydney’s gambling location is unhealthy to hold a casino license. A 36 days inquiry to look into Star Entertainment’s deals shows that Star Entertainment authorized suspected money laundering, organized crime, fraud, and foreign involvement at Star Sydney over an extended time.


The irregularities include an illegal cage run at the casino by a clique junket Suncity as more than AU$900 million, amounting to €602.8 million. This was an illegal transaction carried out using Chinese debit cards by Star Casino.


Top Management Staff Suspected As Inquiry Begins

Also revealed by the regulator is evidence that proposes that Star Entertainment and top management employee had worked secretly to stop the open hearings from taking place. The employee denied assisting the inquiry as required by the law in the region.

The end review carried out Tuesday by Naomi Sharp SC stated that:


“We submit that the evidence in the public hearing establishes that The Star is unhealthy to hold the casino license and that its close associate Star Entertainment is not suitable either,” said Sharp.

“There has not yet been the period of deep reflection which will be necessary to develop a concrete plan about what can bring these corporations into a position of suitability.” —- Naomi Sharp SC


Sharp further urges Adam Bell SC, the pioneer leading the inquiry, to imbibe the same approach taken in the Crown Resort Inquiry.


Adding to Star Sydney casino, she buttresses that it was the beginning of their examination of what has gone wrong within the organization and its dealings.


Lack Of Supervision Aids AU$2 billion Transaction.

The inquiry findings show lackadaisical supervision in Star’s Entertainment International VIP team, which John Chong and Marcus Lim oversee. This was confirmed true as VIP customers or high-rollers were given certain privileges.


According to one report, a Chinese high roller who had been declared unwanted for a potential money laundering act was allowed to turn over AU$2 billion, amounting to €1.3 billion at their location.


During this period, Star Entertainment staff helped with a fake source of funds documents to the bank of China in Macau. Sharp also points out other failings outlined during the inquiry, including a failure to bring clarity and known risk and the underpayment of gaming role on revenues.


Since the inception of the inquiry, Star Entertainment has sacked numerous important members of top management staff, including CEO Matt Bekier, CFO Harry Theodore, Chief Casino Officer Greg Hawkins, Board Chairman John O’Neill, and Chief Legal And Risk Officer Paula Martin.


The inquiry continues as there’s no final judgment to ascertain their role as casino operators.


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