Crown Melbourne, one of the biggest properties owned by gambling giant Crown Resorts, has received a fine of 1 million Australian dollars because it failed to comply with junket rules in the state of Victoria.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation announced that Crown Melbourne did not comply with the request to sever its ties with a junket operator that was deemed “unsuitable” by the regulator. The Commission added that it had given Crown Resorts repeated warnings regarding this issue.
The junket operator, called “Mr A”, was convicted of gambling offences in the United States in 2014, and due to that fact the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation asked Crown Melbourne to cease its relationship with him.
Despite that warning, the casino operator began an association with “Ms B”, the personal assistant of the incriminated “Mr A”, and actually conducted a first junket program in October 2015.
Moreover, in January 2016 it was reported that Crown Resorts continued to deal with “Ms B” as a junket operator and even granted her a credit facility worth 20 million Australian dollars. That credit facility was guaranteed by a third party named “Mr C”, who was a business associate of “Mr A” and an individual that had also been arrested in the United States.