•   
  •   

AustraliaBrothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner

02:55  28 july  2019
02:55  28 july  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

Russian beauty queen challenges the ex-King of Malaysia to take a paternity test after he DISOWNED their 'son' and divorced her six months after relinquishing his throne to marry her

Russian beauty queen challenges the ex-King of Malaysia to take a paternity test after he DISOWNED their 'son' and divorced her six months after relinquishing his throne to marry her Friends of Rihana Oksana Veovodina have demanded a public apology from Sultan Muhammad V, the ex-King of Malaysia, after he raised doubts about their baby son Leon's parentage.

Video provided by Nine News

Crown Resorts paid a brothel owner and alleged money launderer to lure high rollers to its Australian casinos and then provided them with money to gamble, according to court files and officials that raise further questions about the company's business dealings.

Multiple sources with knowledge of Crown’s operations have also confirmed that Asian sex workers have been flown into Australia on private jets organised by Crown “junket” operators.

Crown casino's links to Asian organised crime exposed

Crown casino's links to Asian organised crime exposed Crown Resorts went into business with people linked to Asia's most powerful organised crime syndicates, including one that has flooded Australia with drugs for 25 years.

Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner © MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images Crown Resorts in hot water

Crown has partnered with brothel owner Simon Pan to bring high roller customers to gamble at the casino since 2011, according to Victorian County Court documents obtained by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes.

Mr Pan owns South Melbourne brothel 39 Tope which is a few minutes drive from the casino precinct and specialises in Asian sex workers and escorts, according to its website.

39 Tope has been repeatedly raided by police and subject to sex trafficking investigations between 2008 and at least 2015, while the operations of the brothel have led to major prosecutions of mid-tier workers over breaches of Victorian prostitution laws.

Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner © Justin McManus The 39 Tope brothel run by Crown casino high roller Simon Pan. Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner © Ryan Stuart/Mark Stehle Crown's Barangaroo casino, under construction.

This woman was jailed in China because she worked for Crown casino

This woman was jailed in China because she worked for Crown casino The first Crown employee to speak up about their arrest, conviction and jailing says they treated her "like a "used napkin you throw in the trash can".

Documents filed in the Victorian County Court in 2015 separately detail Mr Pan's work as "Junket Representative at Crown Casino" who "arranges people to gamble at a casino and [who] the casino pays ... a commission".

In addition to offering Mr Pan's junket business lucrative commissions and other incentives to bring high rollers from Asia to Crown, Crown has provided Mr Pan with access to its facilities and banking systems.

Who is Simon Pan?

The documents show that Mr Pan is the representative at Crown Melbourne for a Macau junket operator, the Kim Teng Jong junket, and has given Crown high rollers millions of dollars to gamble.

Mr Pan's partnership with Crown raises the prospect that the proceeds from his controversial brothel could be washing through the casino’s high-roller rooms.

It is also possible some of Crown’s big clients are being encouraged to attend 39 Tope — a place where federal police have rescued women they suspect of having been trafficked from Asia.

State regulators say 'situation normal' after Crown casino revelations

State regulators say 'situation normal' after Crown casino revelations Crown's share price dipped in morning trade after revelations of a document dump from inside the company, as regulators say they have the situation under control.

Documents obtained from South Korean police show that the AFP removed two women suspected to have been trafficked to 39 Tope in 2008, a fact that also has been reported in the media.

Well-placed sources said the investigations into 39 Tope between 2007 and 2015 had resulted in successful organised crime prosecutions of mid-tier brothel workers in the County Court in 2015  and had exposed the exploitative conditions at Mr Pan's brothel. The sources said human trafficking charges were not laid because sex workers were too scared to testify.

However, policing agencies have repeatedly filed documents in court identifying Mr Pan as owning brothels involved in serious criminal activity and suspected human trafficking and as having alleged deep ties to organised criminals.

Sources familiar with the agents used by Crown’s high rollers said Asian sex workers have travelled on flights used to transport the super-rich gamblers.

The revelations of Crown’s partnership with Mr Pan comes after The Age and The Herald revealed on Saturday that the casino company had dealings with junkets controlled by Asian crime syndicates, including one of the world’s biggest drug trafficking gangs, which are laundering money and importing drugs into Australia.

Gaming Minister under mounting pressure over Crown allegations

Gaming Minister under mounting pressure over Crown allegations The allegations against Crown's casino operations have become a growing headache for the Victorian government.

An ex-Crown staff member, Jenny Jiang, has also blown the whistle on the company, alleging it engineered an illegal high roller gambling promotion operation across mainland China and then sought to cover it up as Chinese authorities closed in.

Crown Resorts did not answer a detailed set of questions, including about Mr Pan, saying "Crown does not comment on its business operations with particular individuals or businesses".

However, a statement said Crown had a "comprehensive" anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing program in place, "which is subject to regulatory supervision by AUSTRAC".

James Packer, a major Crown shareholder, said through a lawyer that he had not been an executive at Crown Resorts since 2012 and resigned as chairman in August 2015, and as a board member in December that year. He had a “passive role” at Crown, according to the lawyer’s letter.

Crown plans to open its VIP-only casino in Sydney at Barangaroo in 2021.

'The potential for exploitation'

Anti-human-trafficking advocate Courtney Keefe said Crown should be held accountable for helping to finance the owner of a brothel allegedly implicated in organised crime and the exploitation of women.

"I think it’s extremely disturbing that the casino would have a contractual relationship with someone [allegedly] implicated in human trafficking," she said.

Crown Casino is facing political inquiries, share price falls and probes. Here's what it all means

Crown Casino is facing political inquiries, share price falls and probes. Here's what it all means Crown Casino moves to defend itself as it faces further probes by regulators, the threat of a political inquiry and a hit to its share price — but what does it all mean for the gambling empire?

Mr Pan’s connections to serious organised crime are detailed in various court cases, while his brothel has been named in the media as a suspected human trafficking hub.  In 1998, Mr Pan was named in a migration tribunal hearing as running a massage parlour which was raided by the Victoria Police vice squad, and hosting an Asian women suspected to be working there unlawfully.

Online articles in The Age in 2011 reveal that in 2008, the federal police rescued two suspected victims of human trafficking from Mr Pan’s South Melbourne brothel.

This Sassy Cat Rolling Her Eyes Is Something Every Cat Owner Can Relate To

This Sassy Cat Rolling Her Eyes Is Something Every Cat Owner Can Relate To Twitter user @thisisntserena recently shared a video of her cat, Tiramisu, rolling her eyes in response to being told not to eat grass, and it's gone viral.

The Tope Street brothel, which remains popular with some of the Crown high-roller patrons according to sources with knowledge of its operations, was at the heart of a federal police operation between 2011 and 2015, code named Katrino, which targeted the trafficking of women from South and North Korea and China to Melbourne.

When interviewed this week, Mr Pan said allegations of his links to criminal activity were “bullshit” and that his dealings with Crown were licensed and appropriate.

But numerous court files reveal how a criminal syndicate that was supplying women to Mr Pan’s brothel “enticed women to work in brothels in Australia” using dozens of mobile phones subscribed in false names.

In late 2015, County Court Judge Gavan Meredith said this syndicate was involved in the “laundering of funds generated from the work of … women who were placed in a situation of potential vulnerability”.

“The potential for their exploitation was ripe.”

The woman Judge Meredith said was “at the apex of the laundering enterprise”, Mae Ja Kim, told Australian Federal Police investigators in a record of interview also aired in court that she had known Simon Pan since 2008 and “really got to know him in 2013” when she was running his South Melbourne brothel.

Australian basketball sensation Ben Simmons breaks his silence on Crown 'race' row and insists he WAS 'personally singled out' - despite the casino saying he wasn't refused entry

Australian basketball sensation Ben Simmons breaks his silence on Crown 'race' row and insists he WAS 'personally singled out' - despite the casino saying he wasn't refused entry Australian basketball star Ben Simmons has released a statement in the wake of an incident at a casino where he claims he was refused entry based on skin colour. The Philadelphia 76ers player - who is Australia's highest paid athlete - claimed on Monday he and some of his friends were turned away from the Melbourne casino. In a statement the following day, Simmons said he will never shy away from highlighting issues around equality. 'As you know an incident happened last night at Crown and my friends and I felt personally singled out, no one likes to feel like this,' Simmons said.

“Simon and I would regularly talk on the telephone. I am aware that the Australian Federal Police intercepted a number of telephone calls … when I helped organise the recruitment of females in south-east Asia to travel to Australia and provide sex work … with the full knowledge and permission of Simon.”

Ms Kim also said that while she and others ran the daily operations of the brothel, they paid Mr Pan a “weekly cut on the basis of the number of units provided to clients by sex workers”.

She also said “Simon and I discussed a similar business arrangement to what we were doing at 39 Tope by providing him with sex workers for the Cairns brothel”.

Court files reveal how the trafficking syndicate “expressed a direct interest in making sure the sex workers performed as many units as possible” at Pan’s brothel, and that “fines would sometimes be imposed if sex workers did not attend for work … or didn’t perform enough units”.

Because of the difficulty getting fearful brothel workers to testify, the Federal Police charged members of the suspected trafficking syndicate with breaches of the Victorian Sex Work Act. While police did not charge Mr Pan, they aired evidence in court that implicated him as having links to serious criminal activity.

In 2014, Victoria’s brothel regulator launched separate action against Mr Pan in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. In that action, the evidence linking Mr Pan to human trafficking was aired as the brothel regulator successfully imposed conditions on his brothel licence to prevent criminal conduct.

The revelations raise serious questions about Crown’s gaming licences and the failure of gaming regulators and state and federal agencies to effectively act on activities that Crown's operations have enabled criminal syndicates and may have compromised Australia’s national security.

For more on this story watch 60 Minutes this Sunday at 8:40pm on Channel 9.

Pictures: Australia's most notorious figures

Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner
Brothel owner and alleged money launderer is Crown casino's business partner

Read more

Australian basketball sensation Ben Simmons breaks his silence on Crown 'race' row and insists he WAS 'personally singled out' - despite the casino saying he wasn't refused entry.
Australian basketball star Ben Simmons has released a statement in the wake of an incident at a casino where he claims he was refused entry based on skin colour. The Philadelphia 76ers player - who is Australia's highest paid athlete - claimed on Monday he and some of his friends were turned away from the Melbourne casino. In a statement the following day, Simmons said he will never shy away from highlighting issues around equality. 'As you know an incident happened last night at Crown and my friends and I felt personally singled out, no one likes to feel like this,' Simmons said.

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!