Australian casino giant Crown Resorts have categorically denied the allegations of money laundering and their involvement in facilitating fast-track visas for VIP Chinese guests at their gambling facilities.
Rubbishing the claims and the reports of money laundering and ties with Chinese mafias, the company said that they are facing a “deceitful campaign”.
“Much of this unbalanced and sensationalist reporting is based on unsubstantiated allegations, exaggerations, unsupported connections, and outright falsehoods,” Crown Resorts said in a statement released on Wednesday.
The statement was released as an advertisement, on behalf of the Board of Directors which includes John Alexander, former AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou, and former politician Helen Coonan.
Taking a dig at the claims of being blind to money laundering allegations the company officials said that they were bound by non-disclosure provisions in the legislation.
“Crown is therefore constrained in responding to many of the unfounded allegations made in the media reports.”
Rejecting claims it dodged Australian visa application requirements for wealthy clients, the casino operator said; “Crown has not sought to circumvent visa requirements or compromise any process of identification or verification for immigration purposes.”
The gambling giant has also hit out at the assertions made about “junket operators”.
“Crown deals with junkets and their customers in essentially the same way as other international casinos,” it said.
Following the reports of money laundering and that the casino operator was partnering with drug traffickers to attract wealthy Chinese gamblers to its casinos, the Australian government has ordered a probe into the fast track visa approvals of the Chinese High-rollers visiting Crown casinos.