Victoria’s casino regulator investigates Crown Resorts after internal inquiries initiated by the gaming company’s board. The focus of Crown’s internal investigation is reportedly on Carruthers and his alleged intervention to reinstate removed patrons. The Gambling and Casino Control Commission of Victoria confirms an active investigation into the matter.
A spokesperson for the Commission states, “We are aware of an internal matter involving Crown and actively investigating. Further comment cannot be provided at this time.” While investigating the allegations against Carruthers, the regulator is specifically examining claims related to allowing a minor onto the gaming floor.
In response to the ongoing inquiries, Crown engages external counsel for an independent review. The investigation will also assess limitations on management’s authority regarding customer safety. Crown Resorts operates under strict conditions set by the regulator, and a decision on the company’s ability to independently hold a casino license is expected in early 2024.
Carruthers, appointed by Blackstone after their acquisition of Crown, has two decades of experience overseeing casino operations in Macau. Former Federal Court judge Raymond Finkelstein QC leads the inquiry, which has resulted in the appointment of a special manager with authority over the casino’s management.
Earlier this year, Crown agreed to pay a AU$450m fine for breaches of anti-money laundering and counterterrorism laws, impacting the company’s financial performance. In its latest financial statement, Crown reported a loss of AU$199m due to increased compliance measures and penalties.
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