‘Tak Chun Not Triad:’ Levo Chan Defiant as Trial Wraps

Posted on: March 10, 2023, 09:15h. 

Final up to date on: March 10, 2023, 03:19h.

An emotional Levo Chan denied that his former firm, the Tak Chun Group, was a triad group. In a Macau courtroom on Wednesday, Chan additionally apologized to employees members whose lives had been impacted by his trial on prices of unlawful playing, cash laundering, and the formation of a felony syndicate.

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Levo Chan, above, previous to his arrest, was a strong determine in Macau’s gaming sector. He faces years in jail if convicted. (Picture: Macao Information)

As chairman and CEO of Tak Chun, Macau’s second-biggest junket operator, Chan was, till his January 2022 arrest, a strong determine in Macau’s gaming trade.

He and his eight codefendants are accused of providing unlawful, under-the-table playing. Prosecutors declare it defrauded the Macau authorities of no less than US$62 million in taxes.

The court docket heard closing arguments within the three-month trial on Wednesday. A verdict is anticipated on April 21. Chan denies the costs.

Tak Chun is just not a triad group and has contributed to the gaming trade in Macau over time,” Chan advised the court docket, as reported by Inside Asian Gaming. “I wouldn’t say that Tak Chun has contributed massively to Macau’s society and economic system. However for greater than a decade, the Macau gaming trade has contributed to the society and economic system, and Tak Chun has helped in that.

“All of us at Tak Chun are dedicated to the group,” he added.

Wiretap Proof

Earlier within the trial, the court docket heard wiretap proof from 2018 and 2019 that prosecutors claimed recorded Chan approving under-the-table betting to an unidentified worker.

These had been alleged “multiplier bets,” non-public wagers with high-rolling shoppers that concerned Tak Chun multiplying the stakes on “official” bets positioned at Macau’s casinos. These had been settled later, tax-free, based on prosecutors.

There’s … no purpose to imagine Tak Chun carried out these illicit actions because it had steady and appreciable revenue,” Leong Hon Man, Chan’s lawyer, mentioned in closing arguments.

Investigators from Macau’s judiciary police testified Tak Chun produced inside coaching manuals advising employees on how under-the-table betting could possibly be organized for gamblers.

Harmless Staff

Chan defended the previous workers of the now-defunct junkets, whom he described as “harmless arduous staff.”

A lot of them are the breadwinners of their households, the dutiful kids of their dad and mom,” he mentioned. “The employees who joined Tak Chun weren’t triad members. Throughout the trial, I perceive that their households have been beneath lots of stress, and I actually really feel sorry for them. I’m sorry to them.”

In January, Alvin Chau, head of Macau’s greatest junket, Suncity, was sentenced to 18 years in jail after being convicted of prices much like Chan’s.



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