Star Entertainment pleads guilty to fresh charges

Embattled casino operator Star Entertainment has pleaded guilty to new charges of breaching Queensland’s free casino games online Control Act.

Brisbane’s Treasury Casino and the Star Gold Coast operator pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to purchasing gambling chips with a credit card.

The two separate breaches occurred between June 2017 and December 2018 and between March and April 2022.

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said Star would be sentenced on June 2 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The charges follow the suspension of Star’s Sydney licence by the NSW gaming regulator in October.

The company was slapped with a record $100 million fine after an inquiry found the casino had allowed money laundering to take place inside private rooms and identified numerous compliance failures.

A similar review in Queensland also fined Star $100 million after finding it unfit to hold its two casino licences, with the company neglecting anti-money laundering and responsible gaming duties in the state.

Star Entertainment declined to comment as the matter was before the court.

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