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Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Sued For Acting As Agent Of China

The US Justice Department sued the casino mogul Steve Wynn to force him to register as a foreign agent, saying he lobbied Donald Trump on China’s behalf, the New York Times reported.

Photo Insert: Steve Wynn is the founder and former chief executive of Wynn Resorts.

According to the lawsuit, Wynn passed along a request to Trump in 2017 from the Chinese government to deport a Chinese national who had sought asylum in the US. At the time, Wynn was the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), a post he had been handpicked for by Trump.

The Justice Department alleges that Wynn carried out Sun's requests "out of a desire to protect his business interests in Macao."

Wynn was advised that he had to register as a lobbyist for China under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but refused to do so. Wynn, 80, was forced to step down as CEO of Wynn Resorts in 2018 amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Wynn, the founder and former chief executive of Wynn Resorts, acted on behalf of Beijing in 2017 when he met with Trump and senior administration officials in a Chinese effort to gain custody over exiled tycoon Guo Wengui, the department said, Channel News Asia also reported.

All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Guo was wanted in China for financial fraud and other allegations, but was close to Trump advisor Steve Bannon, supporting Bannon's media business and other activities, and had asked for political asylum in the US.

In September, three companies owned by Guo were ordered by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to pay $539 million in penalties to settle charges over illegal cryptocurrency sales, Agence France-Presse (AFP) also reported.

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