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Crown sent $500,000 to drug dealer who was ‘good friend’ of junket

Senior Crown Resorts executives approved the transfer of half a million dollars to a Melbourne drug dealer after being told that he was a “good friend” of one of the casino’s junket business partners.

The NSW government probity inquiry into Crown heard on Friday that Crown sent $500,000 from the Crown Perth patron account of Zhou Qiyun, a “junket” tour operator linked to the international fugitive Tom “Mr Chinatown” Zhou, to nightclub owner Nan Hu in January 2017.

Veng Anh, giving evidence via video link on Friday, said he did not have the authority to question his bosses.

Veng Anh, giving evidence via video link on Friday, said he did not have the authority to question his bosses.

Veng Anh, a senior Crown executive who looked after foreign high rollers at Crown’s Melbourne and Perth casinos, told the inquiry the junket asked him to transfer the last of its funds from Crown after their business partnership ended in late 2016.

When he raised the request with his superiors, Roland Theiler and Jacinta Maguire, Mr Anh said Ms Maguire – Crown’s then general manager of international business operations – raised concerns about the transaction because Mr Hu did not appear to have won the money given he had never gambled at Crown Perth and was not a client of Mr Zhou’s junket.

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