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IPI faces signature mess with Commonwealth Casino Commission

Hong Kong-headquartered Imperial Pacific International (IPI) is facing another hurdle in its dealings with the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC), as the operator is now submitting documents without any signatures.

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The CCC is looking into the company’s dealings due to unpaid regulatory and licensing fees, as well as a court case over alleged mistreatment of several Chinese workers.

But the reports IPI is sending to the Commission are technically unsigned, because CCC is yet to license Ray Yumul as IPI CEO.

CCC Executive Director Andrew Yeom said Yumul’s confirmation last year didn’t happen precisely because IPI’s fees weren’t paid in full, so his signature cannot be on the official documents.

Yeom added that unsigned documents pose a different risk and can be considered invalid as they weren’t signed off by an authorised IPI representative, reports the Saipan Tribune.

IPI is currently running out of eligible personnel to submit its documents or talk with the CCC about company matters.

And due to IPI’s non-payment of a regulatory fee, the CCC cannot issue or renew casino key employee or regular employee licences for the company. This leaves the Commission unsure how to proceed without breaking its own regulations.

Currently, only Frances Mafnas, IPI Treasury Director, can sign or submit documents on behalf of the organisation.

However, Mafnas is not licensed as a casino key employee. The CCC is now willing to proceed with the registration of IPI’s non-gaming employees Redie Dela Cruz, Human Resources Director, and Tao Xing, SVP of Public Affairs.

“This is a borderline approach, but still valid because the registration of non-gaming employees is free of charge in our regulation and clearly stated in our application,” said Yeom.

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