Alvin Chau is appealing his lengthy prison sentence Link copied
Several others convicted with the fallen junket operator are reportedly launching appeals as well.
Convicted Suncity founder Alvin Chau is appealing his 18-year sentence for money laundering, illicit gambling activities, fraud, and involvement in a criminal organisation.
The news was first reported by TDM.
The former “junket king” had reportedly requested an extension to his 20-day appeal period. This was rejected, according to Asia Gaming Brief.
The trade magazine reported that other individuals sentenced alongside Chau had also launched appeals.
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Chau, who was sentenced on 18 January, has also been ordered to pay compensation to the Macao government and several gaming concessionaires.
Together with five others, he owes the government MOP 6.5 billion, as well as hundreds of millions of patacas to MGM, Wynn Resorts, Venetian Macau, Galaxy and SJM.
The high profile case has signalled the local government’s determination to tighten oversight of junket operators and comes in the wake of a new gaming bill, approved last June, that extends reforms to every aspect of casino operations in the world’s premier gambling destination.