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The star lawyer suggests he was in the dark

Star Casino’s chief attorney told an inquest he had never seen a report raising criminal concerns about any of its gambling operators even as he briefed regulators.

The royal commission-style inquiry will now deliver its final report to the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority at the end of August, two months later than the original June 30 deadline, while further witnesses are called.

Friday also saw former The Star group treasurer Sarah Scopel step down from her similar position with the Woolworths group.

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Ms Scopel gave evidence in March admitting she had misled National Australia Bank and China UnionPay about transactions made at the casino by charging customers’ gambling expenses in their hotel rooms as accommodation expenses .

“Woolworths Group and Sarah Scopel have mutually agreed that Sarah will step down as Group Treasurer of Woolworths Group with immediate effect,” a spokesperson for the supermarket giant said.

Ms Scopel’s resignation follows the resignation of The Star’s chief executive, Matt Bekier, last month, as the inquiry continues to hear damning evidence into how the casino handled money laundering concerns. money.

On Friday, Star Group General Counsel Andrew Power led the investigation, saying he had not seen a report from the Hong Kong Jockey Club alleging links between organized crime and casino operator Suncity.

At the time, Suncity had a VIP room at the casino, Salon 95, where Star staff had seen video footage of large amounts of cash being thrown around by Suncity staff.

Mr Power maintained that none of his colleagues ever told him about the report, even as he provided information to state regulators in 2019. One of its authors even took on a due diligence role at the casino afterwards.

The report details Suncity’s alleged ties to triads, drug trafficking and money laundering.

“I don’t believe I’ve ever read the Hong Kong Jockey Club report,” he said, although he heard many of his senior colleagues had read it.

The inquest heard on Tuesday that the report may have been shredded by the casino’s director of financial crimes, Skye Arnott.

Mr Power said he frequently prefaces emails with ‘privileged and confidential’, marking them as legal advice.

He denied that this was intended to remove them from the scope of regulatory investigations.

Mr Power said he told internal investigators ‘no more emails’ because he wanted them to get up from their desks and talk to co-workers, not because he didn’t want to. that they document things.

He also told the inquest that he had never taken a course in anti-money laundering practices, but was familiar with the laws.

Mr Power’s evidence follows Star Group lawyer Oliver White who became emotional on Thursday when he told the inquest he could have done more to prevent the alleged money laundering at the casino.

The investigation also heard allegations that Star enabled money laundering in its international operations, broke rules on the use of Chinese debit cards and allowed customers to walk out of the casino with a large number of chips. Game.