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Australian Casino Audits Downgraded

8 March 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Australia) Age: "Auditing of high-roller accounts at Crown Casino was drastically downgraded more than three years ago, according to Office of Gaming Regulation reports.

"A Sunday Age investigation has found that for four months in 2000-01 there was effectively no auditing of the cheque cashing facility - a key area covering the privileges extended to high rollers and junket operators - at Crown Casino.

"When cheque-cashing audits were reinstated, they were at about one-sixth the level prevailing in Queensland's major high-roller gambling facility, Jupiters Casino.

"…The Sunday Age has sought information from the Victorian OGR on downgrading of the high-roller auditing, and was told by acting director of casino surveillance Peter Cohen that 'audits have been performed continuously at the casino in that time and the frequency has not diminished'.

"But the documents show that a senior inspector of the compliance and investigations branch sought to reduce the auditing frequency on cheque cashing to once every four months as the audit was 'very detailed, difficult and intense'.

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