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Macao junkets king Alvin Chau sentenced to 18 years in prison

Suncity Group founder faced raft of charges over running 'criminal empire'

Former Suncity Group boss Alvin Chau in 2017. The father of four was seen as a pillar of the city before his arrest. (File photo by Getty Images)

MACAO -- Macao junkets king Alvin Chau was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years in prison after being found guilty of running a criminal empire that the city claimed had cheated it out of about $1 billion in tax revenue.

The verdict wrapped up Macao's highest-profile trial in years. Chau's 2021 arrest on allegations of illegal gambling, fraud and money laundering sent a chill through the gambling hub and pounded the lucrative junkets sector, which arranged travel and credit for high-stakes gamblers, mostly from mainland China.

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