Whistleblowers claim Crown Casino used for money laundering

By Matthew Enderby

CCTV footage from Melbourne’s Crown Casino shows more than AU$100,000 (US$67,665) being exchanged for high-value casino chips in an alleged incident of money laundering.

The video, leaked to independent MP Andrew Wilkie and uploaded to his Youtube account, is filmed inside one of the Suncity junket rooms at Crown.

It shows an unknown man pulling stacks of AU$50 and AU$100 notes from a freezer shopping bag and speaking with friends and casino staff while they are exchanged for chips.

The footage was handed to Wilkie, who has called for a royal commission into the casino, by three Victorian state gambling inspectors.

The whistleblowers highlighted the reduction of police presence inside the casino as a reason for the alleged rise in money laundering.

Wilkie said: “For many years, we’ve been told of shocking crimes occurring at Crown and now we have new footage that supports these claims.

“The inspectors who have provided these videos say countless millions of dollars are regularly laundered inside Crown. Crown can no longer claim this isn’t happening. This leaked version was filmed using Crown’s own security cameras.”

Crown’s Suncity room faced closure by the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulations in 2017 for alleged ties to organised crime but was never shut.


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