On Monday 26 June 2017, the Chinese court sentenced three Australian employees of the Crown Resorts casino chain to prison. Australian employees were convicted of the way they drew Chinese gamblers to their casinos
The media reported several times that the Baoshan District Court, the head of the Crown Resort's international VIP service, had given Jason O’Connor a 10-month prison sentence. Two other employees have received a 9-month prison sentence. The fate of the other 16 employees is currently unclear. The Australian general of the consulate in Shanghai indicates that the penalties start at the moment of arrest. This means that they are only imprisoned for a few months
Suspected of gambling crimes
In October, 18 Crown Resort employees were arrested for suspecting crimes related to gambling. Although no evidence was available at the time, the authorities had a strong suspicion that the employees have been looking for Chinese gamblers to promote travel to the Crown Resorts Australian casinos. This with the aim of visiting the casino there. The arrested employees were charged with gambling crimes
Tackle gambling activities
The Chinese authorities have been working on gambling activities in China for some time. They had been keeping a close eye on casino operators who are committed to attracting mainland gamblers. The operators had been given a year to comply with the Beijing directives. Gambling is in fact prohibited in China and companies are not allowed to advertise explicitly for gambling activities
Despite the warning, the Chinese authorities have noted that a Crown Resorts employee has made several short business trips to China. Crown Resorts has also tried to circumvent Chinese legislation by having someone else appear as a tour activity.