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Aussie High Roller Jailed

15 October 2003

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Courier-Mail: ``One of Crown's richest high-rollers is behind bars, charged with a global fraud that saw a staggering $190 million poured into his Melbourne casino account.

``The high-flying Singapore executive is accused of blowing tens of millions of dollars of stolen cash on Crown's big-stakes gaming tables.

``Crown lavished VIP treatment on Chia Teck Leng, who lived a double life as a finance manager and international playboy, for more than three years.

``It is believed Mr Chia jetted into Melbourne up to 50 times to indulge his passion at the Southbank gambling mecca.

``But his scam came unstuck on September 2, when he was arrested just days after what proved to be his final Melbourne gambling spree.

``Victorian Supreme Court documents obtained by the Herald Sun late yesterday detail his alleged crimes and the key role played by Australian Federal Police in netting the high-roller. The documents reveal Mr Chia stashed more than $29 million in a Westpac account opened in Melbourne. The AFP has since won a court order to freeze the account, on the basis of allegations that the money was looted from four foreign banks. "Records held by Crown casino confirm that over a period of four years approximately $190 million has been deposited into Chia's casino member account," the AFP told the court.

``…Mr Chia will appear in a Singapore court on October 28…"

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