Macau Police Officer Purportedly Received Bribes from a Casino VIP Room Operator

Macau Police Officer Purportedly Received Bribes from a Casino VIP Room Operator

09:17
26 Mar

Macau authorities accused a deputy sergeant in the Traffic Division of Macau’s Public Security Police Force of accepting payment from the proprietor of a VIP gambling facility in exchange for information about police movements.

On Monday, the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) released documents that revealed the officer and his wife were given money and luxurious hotel accommodations in exchange for disclosing classified information about the police.

The CCAC discovered that the deputy sergeant was “extremely connected to several people affiliated with VIP gaming rooms and visited the VIP gaming rooms numerous times in violation of the law” after receiving a tip. “During the trips, he reportedly leaked police intelligence to the owner and got benefits such as food and better hotel accommodations in exchange.”

Furthermore, the commission recovered a considerable sum of money, papers, and communication devices from the deputy sergeant’s house. Authorities did not disclose the identity of the VIP gaming area where they confiscated laptops, documents, and cellphones. The officials will also hand over the matter to the Office of the Public Prosecutor.

The exact allegations against the deputy sergeant include passive bribery to perform unlawful actions and committing abuse of authority. The operator of the VIP room faces allegations of active corruption. These infractions frequently incur jail terms of one to eight years.

Macau authorities dedicate themselves to taking a substantial step forward to combat illegal activities, including VIP rooms and junket activities. As part of its efforts to combat financial fraud, the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) informed casino companies last year that they would no longer be able to provide credit to high-value VIP clients.

High rollers from all over the world go to Macau’s VIP rooms on junkets. After the credit ban, several Macau casino operators, including Wynn Resorts and Melco Resorts, have cut ties with junket operators.

In November, Alvin Chau, a Macau junket millionaire, was arrested for money laundering and cross-border gaming activities. He is the first eminent individual in the gaming business to be pursued by authorities.

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