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Xi cousin embroiled in Australian casino money laundering probe

Ming Chai frequented resorts that arranged fast-tracked visas for high rollers

Gambling junkets from China to Crown Resorts casinos have drawn media and law enforcement scrutiny in Australia.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- A cousin of Chinese President Xi Jinping is on the radar of investigators probing possible Chinese money laundering through Australian casinos, U.S. and Australian outlets have reported.

Australian Attorney General Christian Porter said this week that he had ordered an independent investigation into fast-tracked visa approvals for Chinese high rollers visiting facilities of major Australian casino operator Crown Resorts. The decision was based on reports that casino "junkets" suspected of being linked to organized crime were funneling Chinese gamblers to Crown casinos.

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