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Washington [US]May 18 (ANI): The US Department of Justice has sued Las Vegas and Macau casino mogul Steve Wynn for forcing him to officially register as an agent for the Chinese government
“That Ministry of Justice has today filed a civil enforcement case in the U.S. District Court of District of Columbia with a view to enforcing Stephen A. Wynna American businessman and hotel owners who previously served as CEO for Wynn Resortsto register under Law on the Registration of Foreign Agents (DANGER) som agent for China (PRC) and a senior official of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS), “the Ministry of Justice said in a press release.
Wynn was advised to register as an agent of the department, but refused to do so.
“The application of this case – the first affirmative civil lawsuit under FARA in more than three decades – demonstrates the department’s commitment to ensuring transparency in our democratic system,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s Department of National Security.
“Where a foreign government uses an American as its agent to influence political decisions in the United States, FARA gives the American people the right to know.”
According to the complaint, from at least June 2017 to at least August 2017, Wynn contacted the then president and members of his administration to pass on China’s request to cancel the visa or otherwise remove a Chinese businessman from the United States who left China in 2014, was later accused of corruption of China and sought political asylum in the United States.
Wynn engaged in these efforts at the request of Sun Lijun, then Deputy Minister of MPS. Wynn conveyed the request directly to the then president over dinner and telephone, and he had several discussions with the then president and senior White House officials and the National Security Council to organize a meeting with Sun and other government officials in China.
At the time he was involved in this behavior, Wynn’s company owned and operated casinos in Macau, a special administrative region of China.
The department claims that Wynn acted at the request of China out of a desire to protect its business interests in Macau.
This enforcement action is handled by the National Security Division’s counterintelligence and export control section. Lawyer Nathan Swinton is leading the case. (ANI)