Malaysian high-roller with links to illegal match-fixing identified in Australia

A Malaysian high-roller linked to one of the world’s largest unregulated bookmakers has recently surfaced as a high-value client of Crown Casino in Melbourne, ABC reports.

Wei Seng “Paul” Phua, an alleged organized crime figure with links to Australia has been identified as a potential threat to the integrity of sport according to state and federal law enforcement.

An investigation by Four Corners confirmed that Crown Casino had flown Mr. Phua to Melbourne three weeks ago aboard one of its corporate jets, despite his criminal associations.

It is estimated more than two-thirds of all money bet on sport worldwide is bet with unregulated operators, with Asia being a hub for illegal operations.

Recently, the Australian Open made headlines across the world due to match-fixing allegations made against some of the world’s top players, calling for stronger initiatives tackling sports corruption.