Crown Resorts Ltd has announced that one of eighteen employees detained in China last month was released on Friday. The eighteen employees were detained by authorities in China for suspected gambling crimes. The first to be released was Jenny Chiang, a thirty three year old female of Shanghai who worked for Crown for over five years in an executive assistant position.
Part of the employees detained included Jason O’Connor, the head of the VIP International team for Crown Resorts. O’Conner is one of three Australians who were detained along with fifteen employees of China. The employees were detained on the 13th and 14th when raids took place in the country.
The employees were suspected by the Chinese foreign ministry of being involved in gambling crimes but no further information was provided. On the mainland, casino gambling is not legal and law prohibits individuals from organizing a group of ten or more of Chinese citizens to gamble abroad. Violating this law has a maximum punishment of three years in prison. Agents use destination packages to be able to skirt the ban.
Casino operators from other countries have continued to work to lure high rollers from China who have not been visiting Macau due to ongoing crackdown on corruption by President Xi Jinping. The efforts by the president deters the high rollers from visiting Macau, the only area where casino gaming is legal.