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Macao casino king Alvin Chau 'cheats' government of $1bn in taxes

Indictment says his Suncity Group ran vast criminal conspiracy for years

Alvin Chau once was among the top junket operators in Macao, taking care of travel and financial arrangements for high-roller punters, mostly from mainland China. (Source photos by Getty Images and Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG -- Macao junket boss Alvin Chau and senior executives at his Suncity Group ran a vast criminal syndicate that cheated the casino hub out of about $1 billion in tax revenue, an official indictment alleges.

Chau, the 48-year-old billionaire founder of Suncity, was arrested in November and is facing decades in prison if convicted on a slew of charges, including fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling, in the biggest criminal case to hit Macao in years. His trial is to start on Sept. 2.

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