Own Star (ASX:SGR) shares? Here’s the latest on AUSTRAC’s investigation

The financial watchdog is digging deeper into money laundering concerns.

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Key points

  • AUSTRAC has expanded its investigation into Star Entertainment
  • The financial watchdog was initially looking into alleged money laundering and counter-terrorism financing activity at The Star Sydney
  • The probe has now been widened to include other entities within the Star group

The Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX: SGR) share price is trading lower on Friday amid news AUSTRAC has expanded its investigation into the company.

Having begun looking into the casino giant after concerns of money laundering and counter-terrorism financing activity at its Sydney casino arose, the financial crimes watchdog will now be looking at other entities within the Star group.

At the time of writing, the Star share price is $3.56, 1.25% lower than its previous close.

For context, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has currently slipped 0.97%.

Let’s take a closer look at the newly expanded investigation.

Star share price slips amid broadened AUSTRAC probe

Star shares are trading in the red today amid news more of its doors will be opened by AUSTRAC.

AUSTRAC first began investigating the company in June.

It followed a probe in 2019 looking into Star’s management of ‘high risk’ and ‘politically exposed’ customers that uncovered potential serious breaches of money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

The possible non-compliance stemmed from Star’s ongoing customer due diligence and other anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing protections.

The Star share price slipped 2% the day the investigation was announced.

The latest update didn’t state which of the company’s entities are now also under investigation. Though, Star’s other casinos include The Star Gold Coast and Treasury Brisbane.

In a non-price sensitive release published this morning, Star noted:

AUSTRAC has advised that it has not made a decision regarding the appropriate regulatory response that it may apply to The Star, including whether or not enforcement action will be taken…

The Star takes its anti-money laundering obligations very seriously and will fully co-operate with AUSTRAC in relation to its requests for information and documents and the investigation.

Star is one of many companies AUSTRAC began looking into in June.

Others include National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB), Crown Resorts Ltd (ASX: CWN), and SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited (ASX: SKC).

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