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Star reveals that money laundering probe at its casinos has widened

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Star Entertainment has revealed that AUSTRAC has widened its money laundering compliance investigation into the gaming company.

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AUSTRAC announced the investigation in June last year and said it related to potentially serious non-compliance relating to money laundering and included concerns over ongoing customer due diligence.

Star, which operates the Gold Coast and Brisbane casinos, said today that it had been advised by AUSTRAC that it had “expanded the scope” if the investigation to other entities within the Star group.

Previously, the investigation had been based around the company’s Sydney casino and the expansion is understood to now involve its Queensland operations.

“AUSTRAC has advised that it has not made a decision regarding the appropriate regulatory response that it may apply to The Star, including whether or not enforcement action will be taken,” Star said.

“AUSTRAC has advised that it will request information and documents from The Star as part of its investigation.”

The Queensland Government’s gaming regulator was also investigating Star’s operations in conjunction with Queensland police and AUSTRAC. 

Slater and Gordon has also previously revealed a possible class action against Star relating to the money laundering issue.

Star said it was co-operating with AUSTRAC.

 

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