The Star Entertainment Group, one of the biggest hotel and casino operators in Australia, is in trouble in New South Wales as the local authority has decided to investigate The Star Casino in Sydney.
The New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has announced it launched the investigation into The Star Casino after concerns were raised about the operator’s dealings with junkets and failings regarding money laundering prevention measures.
The investigation will focus on examining The Star’s compliance to the Casino Control Act of 1992 and the Casino Control Regulation of 2019. Moreover, the investigators will look into anything regarding licensing compliance and legal agreements between The Star Entertainment and the New South Wales Authority.
The New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has received evidence from The Star on August 4, 2020, just before the famous Bergin Inquiry into Cron Resorts, the biggest rival operator in Australia. That evidence revealed that The Star was working with junket operators and continued to do so despite the fact that Crown had been ordered to stop working with these businesses through the inquiry.
In May 2021, the New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority found out that The Star had continued their junket dealings until at least October 2020.