The five-year review required for license renewal of the Star casino in Sydney, Australia concluded favorably despite some concerns about the top clientele.
According to Australia’s ABC News, Gail Furness, who performed the review for the state Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority, wrote in her report, “I have concluded that the Star remains suitable to hold the casino license and that it is in the public interest that the casino license should continue in force.”
Furness does note, however, that the Asian Crime Squad says many of the individuals it targets are also among the Star’s top 100 players.
Moreover, the squad continues to receive information that money laundering, loan sharking and recruitment by criminal gangs occur at the casino.
“It is important that systems are in place to detect transactions which may be suspicious of money laundering taking place,” her report says.
Furness also recommends the creation of an offense of loan sharking. However, she says she saw no evidence of systemic corruption involving the casino operator, and that suitable policies and procedures are in place to guarantee the Star stays free of criminal influence.