A Chinese court on Monday jailed 16 current and former employees of Crown Resorts, the Australian casino group controlled by billionaire James Packer, for between nine and 10 months for organising gambling trips for high-rollers.
一家中国法院周一判处澳大利亚皇冠度假酒店集团（Crown Resorts）的16名现雇员和前雇员监禁9至10个月，罪名是他们组织出手阔绰的贵宾客户出境赌博。这家赌场集团由亿万富翁詹姆斯？帕克（James Packer）控股。
Australian Jason O’Connor, head of Crown’s international VIP operations, and Alfread Gomez, Crown’s Malaysian vice-president of operations in China, both received 10-month sentences, concluding a prosecution that forced Crown to abandon its overseas ambitions and hit revenues at its casinos.
皇冠的国际VIP团队主管、澳大利亚人贾森？奥康纳（Jason O’Connor），以及皇冠在华业务副总裁、马来西亚人阿尔弗雷德？戈麦斯（Alfread Gomez），均被判10个月的刑期，结束了迫使皇冠放弃海外雄心、打击其赌场营收的公诉。
Nineteen defendants were all convicted of “organising gambling parties”， with 16 receiving jail sentences and fines totalling Rmb8.6m （$1.3m）， Crown said in a statement, adding that the company would pay the entire amount. Mr O’Connor was handed the heaviest fine, amounting to Rmb2m.
The case highlighted Crown’s efforts to lure rich gamblers to its resorts in Australia from the Chinese mainland, where gambling is illegal, and hit Crown’s share price, prompting Mr Packer to restructure his business empire.
The group’s share price sank 14 per cent in October on the trading day after the arrests of 18 employees by Chinese authorities, and took seven months to recover.
Two other Australian staff, Jerry Xuan and Jenny Pan, received sentences of nine months, according to Australian officials, while 12 other former and current Chinese employees received nine- to 10-month sentences, Mr Gomez’s lawyer Zhai Jian told