Alvin Chau blocked from Australia: reports

Alvin Chau (file)
Alvin Chau (file)

Alvin Chau, the head of Macau’s biggest junket firm, Suncity Group Holdings, has been barred from entering Australia, according to reports in local media.

The group’s CEO has been blocked by the Home Affairs Department, according to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, citing anonymous sources.

The reports cited a leaked report from The Hong Kong Jockey Club that said club officials were briefed by Australian Law Enforcement in May 2017 about concerns about Chau’s activities, which included suspected “large-scale money laundering activities.”

Suncity did not immediately return an email seeking comment and it was unclear from the reports when this ban came into force.

The junket is continuing operations in its VIP rooms in Australian casinos.

There have been a series of explosive media articles this week regarding Crown Resorts, its relations with junkets and possible money laundering through its properties after a joint investigative report last weekend by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes.

Allegations also included a claim the operator was working with immigration officials to secure visas for favoured clients.

The reports have sparked a series of high-level probes by Australian authorities, including the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.

Crown Resorts’ directors have issued a strong rebuttal of the claims, calling the reporting unbalanced and sensationalized and based on “unsubstantiated allegations, exaggerations, unsupported connections and outright falsehoods.”