Monthly Archives: July 2020

Congress hears Testimony from NCAA on Why Collegiate Sports Betting should be Banned

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the dramatic impact and subsequent explosion of sports betting since the Supreme Court decision.  Virtually all states have looked into what legalizing sports betting would mean for its jurisdiction, but some states have still not moved forward.  For those venues where sports betting is legal, most of the focus has been on the major professional sports leagues, but collegiate sports have long been a focus of would be sports betters.  As such, Congress has agreed to hear arguments in favor and against allowing sports betting on collegiate sports.  An online source reports:  

College sports betting is slowly being legalized across the United States. The practice has sparked a debate about the morality of the practice so much that the US Senate Committee had to weigh in and hear arguments from both proponents of the measure and those who opposed it.

The meeting was entitled “Protecting the Integrity of College Athletics” and it included a number of college representatives, educators, lobbyists and industry specialists.

Heather Lyke, the athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh was present on the behalf of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the University both.

Those in favor of a ban on collegiate sports approach the situation from a few different angles.  The online source continues:

Ms Lyke said that while the repeal of PASPA was understandable and sports betting was here to stay, the U.S. Congress was supposed to take action so as to preserve the integrity of intercollegiate athletics. She directly asked for a prohibition on any sports betting that targets collegiate contests.

Her argument ran on the lines that the practice would be detrimental to the integrity of collegiate sports: “The introduction of legal wagering on intercollegiate athletics will have a corrosive and detrimental impact on student-athletes and the general student body alike. Gambling creates pressures and temptations that should not exist.”

She explained that students may become victims of corrupt practices and fall victim to gambling firms who want to push their interests. Ms Lyke said that even if the NCAA were to enact far-reaching measures that warn students and athletes of the dangers of gambling and outright prohibit it as per current law, the “corrosive effect” would be nevertheless widespread.

She further explained that sports teams have both the finances and man power to enforce integrity whereas most colleges in the country would  struggle to do the same.

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A Brief Look at Crime 07/13 – 07/19

Woman Left 4 Year Old Girl Alone While She was Gambling

A New Jersey  woman who pleaded guilty to leaving her 4-year-old girl alone in a hotel room while she gambled at an eastern Pennsylvania  casino last fall has been placed on five years’ probation. reports that 27-year-old Rebecca Yandoli said Tuesday she’s taken steps to make sure that such a thing wouldn’t happen again, and Northampton County prosecutors then agreed that probation was appropriate.

Police were called to the Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem around 4 a.m.on Nov. 16 after the girl was found wandering alone in the casino’s hotel lobby. The girl told the officers she was looking for Yandoli, who was soon found gambling on the main floor of the casino. Authorities say the Whitehouse Station resident told officers she had left the girl alone in the hotel room around 1:15 a.m. and then went to gamble. She pleaded guilty in February to child endangerment. Her attorney said she had an “overwhelming compulsion” to gamble.

FBI credits counter terrorism task force with thwarting a Tampa mass-shooting potentially planned for a casino

Federal investigators allege 23-year-old Muhammed AI-Azhari, of Tampa, was in the process of secretly buying high-poweredguns and silencers and was also researching IEDs, suicide vests, and explosive poisons. The complaint says he scoped out potential targets like Honeymoon Island and the FBI’s Tampa Field Office, but also researched Clearwater Beach, Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa and the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. “It’s the casino’s size and the amount of people in there it would’ve been a pristine target for him,” said local counter terrorism expert Bill Warner.   “And once in there, if he set up a position near the front door or just inside the front door all those people couldn’t get out.”

The complaint shows the FBI had been tracking AI-Azhari for some time. In 2015, he was sentenced to three years on terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia before he was deported to the United States in December of 2018 living in both Florida and California. He returned to Tampa in 2019, and less than a year later in April of 2020, federal investigators say he began trying to purchase guns illegally on eBay. He was arrested May 1 by Tampa Police after the complaint alleges he showed up at a Tampa Home Depot, where he worked, carrying a gun.

Helena man sentenced for stealing $390K from armored truck

A former armored truck company employee convicted at trial of spending stolen money from the company he worked for on gambling, day trading and a trip to France was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. After a four-day trial in January, a jury found John Gregory Alexander Herrin, 30, of Helena, guilty of one count of interstate transportation of stolen property and eight counts of money laundering. 

Herrin went to Las Vegas twice in 2014, stayed in a high-end casino, gambled and went shopping with a female companion. He made large cash deposits at the casino and bought a watch for $22,600 with cash. On return from his first trip, Herrin deposited a casino cashier’s check for $123,500 and $37,350 cash, for a total of $160,870, into his checking account. Prior to the deposit, Herrin’s account had a $945.65 balance, according to prosecutors. Herrin allegedly told the bank teller he went to Las Vegas with $500 and won $160,000 gambling.

1 killed, 2 injured in Merritt Island shootout over gambling dispute

A 19-year-old man was killed and two others were injured Wednesday evening during a shootout on Merritt Island that stemmed from a gambling dispute, according to News 6 partner Florida Today reported. The triple shooting happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Courtenay Palms Apartments in the 700 block of North Courtenay Parkway. Brevard County sheriff’s deputies responded to the complex and found three people suffering from gunshot wounds. Investigators were looking into whether one of the shooting victims went to the complex to confront the others when a shootout broke out. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office did not return calls about the shooting or confirm whether there were any suspects on the loose or other public safety concerns. The shooting death becomes Brevard County’s 15th reported homicide for the year.

Treasurer steals more than £18,000 from charity pre-school to fund spiralling gambling problem

A trusted pre-school group treasurer stole more than £18,400 in a “despicable” breach of trust to help fund a spiralling gambling problem. She tried to pretend that the charitable organisation’s bank account had been repeatedly hacked in a bid to “cover her tracks” but her actions could have jeopardised the future of the group and its committee felt betrayed by her blatant lies, a court heard. Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court  that the offence of “bookkeeper fraud” was a case of Dennis “robbing Peter to pay Paul” to fund a gambling addiction. “She would handle all the payments from clients, bills and staff wages that wanted payment,” said Mr Evans. The committee said that [she] “blatantly lied” to them and they felt “betrayed” by her and “foolish for believing her fabricated stories”.

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Florida Casinos and Legislators Face Tough Decisions About how to Provide Proper Safety During the Pandemic

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic’s impact on gambling.  Many casinos are dealing with safety concerns in different ways.  It was reported that an Ariona casino closed after an employee died from Covid-19.  Las Vegas saw an immediate spike in coronavirus cases after it reopened and is facing a lawsuit by the workers over safety precautions.  In Florida, where the state saw a dramatic increase in cases as they opened, casinos are employing different levels of strategies to deal with the pandemic.  An an online source explains, one Florida casino is sticking with basic protections with some added plexiglass to help stop the spread of the deadly virus: 

The Seminole Exhausting Rock Lodge & Casino Tampa opened its doorways at7 p.m. — albeit beneath new pointers that promote social distancing and hygiene.

Masks or different face coverings are required and all people getting into the premises will get their temperature taken.

One other noticeable adaptation to the coronavirus age is using plexiglass limitations to divide gamblers and sellers at poker and desk video games.

A much harder decision was made in Miami, where record setting positive tests hit the Sunshine State hard.  Given the nature of gambling as an entertainment venue and not an essential business, it was reported that that the only proper course of action was a full shutdown: 

Casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has been forced to close its Miami casino less than one month after it reopened the property following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, CDI announced that the “temporary suspension” of operations at its Calder Casino in Miami Gardens, Florida, in keeping with the order issued by Miami-Dade Mayor *Carlos Gimenez* to shut all local entertainment venues following a surge in local COVID-19 infections.

On July 2, with Florida’s new COVID-19 infection count hitting a daily record of 10,109 – which was topped two days later with 11,458 new cases – Mayor Gimenez announced that he was “rolling back the reopening” of all four casinos in the region – Hialeah Park, Casino Miami, Magic City and Calder – until further notice. 

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A Brief Look at Crime 07/06 – 07/12

Gambling Experts Ask People to Remain Safe From Illegal Online Casinos During Quarantine

In a global survey, it is noted that people are spending their time playing online casino games to spend their free time during the coronavirus lockdown. And many gambling experts have asked them to play online casino games by keeping safety in their minds. Due to the high demand for online gambling during the quarantine period due to coronavirus pandemic, many new online gambling platforms have lined up to attract people on their online platforms.

Many gambling experts are suspecting that it could lead to an increase in the number of online frauds and crimes. According to them, it is not easy for a common person to know whether a given platform has a license to operate or not. Especially in the states with no-legalization of online gambling, many illegal casinos are operating online to supply their services to their customers.

Due to this, many cases of the operation of illegal casinos have come into the picture and it has increased the problem of people on a large scale. Last month, PokerStars founder, Isai Scheinberg pled guilty for the charges of illegal gambling business online. And this news rocked everyone in the online casino industry and hence many gambling experts have warned people to stay safe while playing online casino games during the coronavirus lockdown period.

Drugs, Guns, and Money – 11 Arrested in Illegal-Gambling Operation Shut-Down at Apartment

For those considering gambling entertainment during a pandemic, West Covina does not allow gambling, much less organized gambling in residences. Additionally, a group of gamblers sheltering in place along with six-feet-apart social distancing seems like an Impossibility. A recent tip of an illegal gambling operation at a local apartment complex opened an investigation for West Covina Police Department Investigators. “Investigators discovered several gambling machines, bulk U.S. currency, a large quantity of methamphetamine, and four firearms,” said Alexus Napoles, Community Relations Officer. Along with additional multiple items seized in the apartment, “A total of eleven individuals from the location were arrested and booked for various crimes, including illegal narcotics violations, weapons violations, and illegal gambling,” said Napoles. The average apartment doesn’t include enough floorspace for eleven people to effectively practice safe social distancing during Covid-19. 

Northeast Texas family sentenced for their roles in massive illegal gambling, money laundering enterprise

 Northeast Texas businessman, his wife and son were sentenced Friday for their roles in a massive illegal gambling and money laundering enterprise. Larry Tillery was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity and tax evasion. He was further ordered to forfeit approximately $2 million in cash, jewelry, and sports memorabilia that were proceeds of his illegal gambling enterprise and to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000,040. A money judgment of $32,758,541 was also ordered by the court.

Judy Tillery was sentenced to two years of federal probation for structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. She shares the forfeiture judgment with her husband. Brian Tillery was sentenced to two years of federal probation for engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. He was further ordered to forfeit approximately $245,477 and a residence in Beaumont with an appraised value of approximately $600,000 that was determined to be proceeds of the illegal gambling enterprise. A money judgment of $700,000 was also ordered by the court.

Blount County Man Pleads Guilty In Murder of Terrell Guy

A 22-year-old Blount County man has pleaded guilty in the 2017 murder of former Mountain Brook basketball star Terrell Guy. Steven Michael Crawford pleaded guilty to felony murder, which carries a life sentence with the possibility of parole. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force took Crawford into custody Dec. 28, 2017, charging him with capital murder, along with Joseph Curtis Moore, who was arrested December 15, 2017. The incident occurred Dec. 10, 2017 at HighPointe Apartments on Valley Avenue after what authorities believe was a gambling dispute. Guy was a high school standout during his senior year, sending the Spartans to the 2015 state championship with a last second three pointer. He was also named MVP of the Class 7A, Area 6 tournament at Mountain Brook High School, as well as to the Class 7A Northeast Regional All-tournament team at Jacksonville State.

Owner of 4 convenience stores charged with running gambling operation

The owner of four Salt Lake County convenience stores and nine of his employees were charged Thursday with running a gambling Operation. “The machines were described as similar to slot machines in Las Vegas that you pay cash to play and are paid out cash from the store if you win,” according to charging documents. Undercover officers observed about 10 gambling machines in the store, “all located in a dark back room behind the register,” the charges state.

“(An undercover officer) said the average person would never know the existence of the gaming machines in the business unless they were told about them.” “The machines were described as similar to slot machines in Las Vegas that you pay cash to play and are paid out cash from the store if you win,” according to charging documents. Undercover officers observed about 10 gambling machines in the store, “all located in a dark back room behind the register,” the charges state. “(An undercover officer) said the average person would never know the existence of the gaming machines in the business unless they were told about them.”

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Casinos Employ Bans on Smoking as a Means of Reducing Spread of Coronavirus, but How Long Will They Last?

Casino Watch Focus has reported the many ways Covid-19 is impacting the gambling industry.  As the amount of infected and subsequent death toll rises, more and more are starting to tread the virus with respect and make adjustments to help ensure safety.  One idea has been to ban smoking.  A large number of casinos have instituted such bans, though it’s unclear how long they will last.  It of course adds to a greater debate about public safety in general and the responsibility of casinos to protect non-smokers from harm.  An online source explains:

More than 125 casinos and dozens of other gaming sites across the U.S. that allowed smoking in pre-COVID days are now nonsmoking. That raises a question: Will it last?

Some casinos plan to lift their ban when face masks or other coronavirus safety measures are no longer required. Others see this as a good time to test whether one of the last bastions of legalized smoking in a public space can give up the habit. Advocates for smoke-free gaming say the industry sends a mixed message about protecting customers and employees if it establishes extensive coronavirus safeguards, then allows the hazards of secondhand smoke.

How gamblers and the industry accept smoke-free play as a public-health measure could help determine whether more casinos join the vast majority of workplaces and businesses where smoking is prohibited.

“The casino industry for years and years has worried about it,” said Conrad Granito, general manager of Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, Washington. “You’re definitely seeing changes, but there’s still a core group (of gamblers who smoke).”

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A Brief Look at Crime 06/29 – 07/05

Now betting giant WILL have to pay £3.5million fine over death of addict 

The gambling giant accused of using a ‘blatant’ legal loophole to dodge a £3.5million fine for their role in a young man’s suicide performed a dramatic U-turn this morning. Chris Bruney, from Sheffield, took his own life hours after being plied with £400 of bonuses by staff at online casino, which is owned by Playtech. The 25-year-old lost £119,000 in the five days before his death but was still allowed to gamble. This morning, in a victory for the Mail, Playtech bowed to pressure and said it would pay the fine in full and offer a personal apology to the family of Mr Bruney. It followed howls of outrage from Mail readers, MPs, charities and even a Church of England Bishop after the details were published in this newspaper.

After an 18-month investigation the regulator found there were ‘serious systemic failings’ in the way the firm, called PT Entertainment Services (PTES), managed social responsibility and anti-money laundering processes. Winner failed to ask whether Mr Bruney was happy with his gambling or could afford his losses, as required by industry rules, it was ruled. The Commission said: ‘If the licence had not been surrendered the Commission would have imposed a financial penalty of £3.5million,’ adding that the breaches constituted a ‘criminal offence’.

Woman Gets 17 Years for 5-Year-Old Grandson’s Hot-Car Death

An Oklahoma  woman was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to a murder charge for leaving her 5-year-old grandson to die inside a hot car while she gambled at a casino. Alanna Jean Orr, 50, was sentenced Thursday to 210 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing said. According to court records, Orr was caring for her grandson on June 21, 2018, when she went to a casino in Harrah, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City. Authorities said Orr left the boy inside her car for six hours as temperatures reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius.) Orr pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder by child neglect in Indian Country. She had faced up to life in prison.

Second person charged with murder in pregnant woman’s death 

Winston-Salem police, with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested and charged a second person with murder in the shooting death of a pregnant woman. Marshals arrested 29-year-old Quintin Martin Searcy Thursday in Florence, South Carolina. Searcy is charged with murder. On May 30, local authorities arrested 27-year-old Lashanda Tolliver in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on a murder charge as well.

An autopsy showed McGee was pregnant at the time of her death. As protests against racial injustice enveloped Winston-Salem since George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, demonstrators have also protested the prevalence of crime in Winston-Salem. Some protest organizers have publicly said McGee was killed after winning thousands of dollars gambling. When asked to verify that information, Winston-Salem police officer Lt. Gregory Dorn said he could not, and that the gambling motive is hearsay.

Grand Rapids bookkeeper accused of stealing $200,000 from family business 

A Grand Rapids woman is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from her family’s store in order to gamble and pay off credit card debts. The Grand Rapids Police Department was notified in November 2018 that Gillson was suspected of stealing “a large amount of money over the past few years.” Gillson, the sister of Rusty Eichorn, had been asked to leave employment as the store’s sole bookkeeper because it was believed she was taking merchandise without paying for it. But the cash theft was not discovered until a new accountant took over. Police discovered Gillson had at least 12 active credit cards from 2016 to 2018, making significant payments during that time that “nearly equal or surpass Gillson’s legitimate income during these years.” She also “spent heavily” at area casinos and, at one point, on a trip to Las Vegas. At White Oak Casino in Deer River, her player’s club card indicated she wagered $136,556 in 2017 alone, losing more than $10,500 by year’s end.

Customer says he was harmed by Argosy worker

A 65-year-old man is suing Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, alleging he was hospitalized by a casino employee, who allegedly had a prior history of threatening and engaging in harmful contact with others while on the job. According to the six-page civil suit filed with the Platte County Circuit Court, Joel Hale of Kansas City was approached and questioned by Leonard Reed, an employee of Argosy, on May 27, 2018. While visiting the gambling facility, Hale was specifically asked if he had his wallet. He told Reed that he did not. According to the allegations, Reed allegedly tried to “pat-down” Hale and instructed him to put his hands behind his back. When Hale rebuffed, Reed slammed Hale to the floor and proceeded to handcuff him, the suit says. Reed led Hale to a private office, which lacked video surveillance. 

According to the lawsuit, as a result of his injuries Hale struggled to even walk. Eventually, emergency medical personnel were called to the scene, rendered assistance and loaded Hale into an ambulance. He was taken to an area hospital. As the suit tells it, Reed “employed force that was more than reasonably necessary.” The suit accuses the Missouri Gaming Company, who is doing business as Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, of negligent hiring and employing a man who has a “propensity to harm” customers. “Despite Argosy’s capacity to know of Reed’s dangerous proclivities, it employed Reed, anyway, and further, continued to employ him,” the suit says. Argosy Casino had a duty of care and bears responsibility to protect its customers from harm, according to allegations in the lawsuit.

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Las Vegas Employees Suing over Unsafe Work Conditions during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing developments surrounding the gambling industry during the coronavirus pandemic.  Most recently, after shutting down due to the virus, Las Vegas opened back up and a record number of Covid-19 cases were reported.  Casino employees have been exposed to a rash of gamblers flooding back to casinos and in Arizona, a casino re-closed after an employee caught the virus and died.   The lack of PPE requirements were at the center of the situation and employees have taken note.  Citing similar types of work place issues, Las Vegas workers are trying to protect themselves anyway they can, including using the courts.  As Fox Business reports, a new lawsuit has been filed:

Las Vegas Strip hospitality workers filed a lawsuit against casino operators on Monday accusing the companies of failing to protect employees from Covid-19, one of the first efforts to hold employers legally responsible for infections as cases in the U.S. surge.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas against the owners of Harrah’s, MGM Grand and Bellagio casinos, says the company didn’t immediately shut down food-and-beverage outlets and other areas after learning of positive cases, didn’t immediately inform employees when co-workers tested positive, and didn’t adequately contact-trace before allowing colleagues of infected employees to return to the job.

Culinary Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, through their joint bargaining agency, filed the lawsuit against Harrah’s Las Vegas LLC, a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corp., and The Signature Condominiums LLC at the MGM Grand and Bellagio LLC, subsidiaries of MGM Resorts International.

The lawsuit said unsafe working conditions violate the unions’ contract. The unions represent 60,000 hospitality workers. “We’re not just numbers,” Mr. Zermeno said at a news conference Monday. “We’re families also. We’re human. I just want them to care, honestly.”

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A Brief Look at Crime 06/22 – 06/28

Gambling dispute may have sparked Monday night shooting in SE Cedar Rapids

According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, three men — ages 21, 32, and 38, — were shot at about 11 p.m. Monday night in the 700 block of 16th Street SE. Police said the men were at a party at a residence in the area the included gambling. At some point, police said an argument occurred. A short time later, shots were fired from a vehicle into the residence, striking the three men. When officers arrived at the scene, they found two of the injured men inside the home. The third, police said arrived at Mercy Medical Center in a private vehicle. None of the injuries were life-threatening, police said. Public safety spokesperson Greg Buelow said the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

15 people detained in illegal gambling bust after SW Side immigrant rescue call

San Antonio police detained 15 people in an illegal gambling bust on the city’s Southwest Side after someone reported seeing immigrants in the back of an 18-wheeler and called authorities. When police arrived, they did not find an 18-wheeler with immigrants, but they said they approached a person who admitted they were at the location to play on a gambling machine. Officers said they went into the location and found about 50 eight-liners. They said they detained 15 people who were playing with the gambling machines. Officials said everyone who was detained cooperated with authorities. They said no one among the group was sick, but only about one or two people were wearing masks. Police said many people in the group were senior citizens. They will face gambling charges, and some are facing warrants, according to authorities.

Cock-Fighting Event Included Small Child In Presence Of Cocaine And Firearms (FL)

Fourteen suspects were arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at a gambling and rooster/cock-fighting event in Mulberry, Florida. Deputies responded and observed the male suspects gambling, rolling dice, and exchanging cash around a wooden table. A 10-year-old child was also present. On the ground around the table, deputies observed bags of a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. Nearby they saw evidence of a recent cock-fight, and they requested that detectives from the PCSO Agriculture Crimes Unit respond to the scene.

Ag Crimes detectives obtained a search warrant for the property, and located seven dead roosters laying on the ground approximately 25 feet from where the gambling was occurring. Nearby, detectives found a disassembled fighting ring, a scale for weighing roosters before fighting, and chairs for people to sit and watch the fighting. Where the ring was set up, there were fresh feathers on the ground and stuck to the sides of the ring. Inside a shed on the property, detectives found rubber boxing gloves used to train roosters to fight, knives that are strapped to roosters’ legs for fighting to the death, and performance-enhancing drugs for roosters. A 55-gallon metal trash barrel contained burned bodies of dead roosters. There were over 100 live roosters individually housed, and a total of 481 roosters and chickens were removed from the property during the investigation.

Police cracking down social media gamblers

Illegal gambling now has more eyes on it than ever, especially from law enforcement. With more people forced to stay home there has been a boom in people gambling on social media. Now, Starr County officials said that it is cracking down not just on the organizers but the players as well. “If you take a game of chance and keep money from it, you’re gambling and it’s illegal in the state of Texas,” said Starr County Attorney Victor Canales. Organizers are making up to $10,000 a day creating fake loterias, raffles, and pyramid schemes. Police are now investigating online games after a person stole thousands from players who signed up.

Adelson’s Singapore Casino Probed Over Laundering Controls

The Singapore casino of billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. is being probed by the U.S. Department of Justice over whether anti-money laundering regulations were breached in the way it handled the accounts of top gamblers. The Justice Department in January issued a grand jury subpoena to a former compliance chief of Marina Bay Sands Pte, seeking an interview or documents on “money laundering facilitation” and any abuse of internal financial controls, according to a copy of the subpoena seen by Bloomberg News.

Prosecutors asked the former compliance head, as a person with knowledge of the casino’s operations, to produce records related to any such violations including through gambling junkets and third-party lending using casino credit, the document shows. The U.S. inquiry, which people familiar with the matter said is likely in its early stages, is also seeking to establish if there was any retaliation against whistleblowers, according to the subpoena.

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