Through Crown Resorts casinos in Australia, Chung Chak ‘John’ Lee has laundered millions of dollars. As Australian authorities try to get him extradited from Thailand, that is the accusation against him.
Crown’s lax policies
Apparently, as has already been seen on many occasions, without many questions asked, Crown Resorts made it easy for people to transfer massive bags of money through their operations, and Lee may have been one of those who took advantage of the lax policies of the casino operator.
Lee, suspected of being an international drug lord and part of The Company, an international crime syndicate, was arrested last December in Thailand. The company has been on the radar for the control of around 70 percent of methamphetamines entering Australia through law enforcement around the world, as well as the United Nations.
Melbourne’s Crown Casino
Lee, however, wasn’t just into drugs and led activities that catered to high-rolling gamblers in both Hong Kong and Bangkok. He was not only offering them a connection to the tables, though. He allegedly joined forces with Crown to push business and in 2012 laundered millions of dollars through Crown’s casino in Melbourne, according to researchers.
It’s not the first time Lee’s name has been associated with the Crown. On several occasions the previous two years, the firm was featured in news pieces, all showing how easy it was to use Crown’s operations to launder funds.
Gambling license under investigation
Those papers, and Lee’s criminal activities, are what led to the Crown history inquiry and the Bergin investigation of New South Wales into the ability of the company to retain a gambling license. The investigation is expected to end at any moment, and Crown faces the risk of losing its license and/or being forced to fully revamp its executive ranks in order to please regulators.
In the 14 K Triad, the 65-year-old Lee is officially a high-ranking boss and is said to have spent the past 30-plus years performing illicit drug operations around the world. It is also said that he has ties with Broken Tooth, another infamous triad boss supposedly on the run somewhere in Malaysia.
Apparently, Lee has well-placed contacts, including in both Taiwan and Thailand in several high-ranking offices. That could cause any delays in his extradition to Australia, but unless he works out a way to escape easily before the extradition order can be accepted, it is not likely to prevent it.