Casino tycoon Wynn sued for acting as agent for China
Steve Wynn, founder and former CEO of Wynn Resorts, speaks at a World Gaming Expo in September 2014 in Las Vegas
The US Department of Justice on Tuesday sued Las Vegas and Macau casino mogul Steve Wynn to force him to officially register as a Chinese government agent.
Wynn, the founder and former chief executive of Wynn Resorts, acted on Beijing’s behalf in 2017 when he met with President Donald Trump and senior administration officials as part of a Chinese effort to win custody of the exiled tycoon Guo Wengui, the department said.
The Justice Department said that in June and August 2017, Wynn contacted Trump and had dinner with the president to convey Beijing’s request to the United States to cancel Guo’s visa or have him deported from the country.
In addition to talking about it with Trump, Wynn, who was a former Republican Party finance chairman, also had “multiple discussions” with senior White House and National Security Council officials “about organizing ‘a meeting with Sun and other PRC government officials’ on the matter, he mentioned.
The Justice Department alleges Wynn complied with Sun’s demands “out of a desire to protect its business interests in Macau.”
Wyne was enlisted in the lobbying effort in part by fellow wealthy American businessman, friend of Trump and former Republican fundraiser, Elliott Broidy.
Wynn, 80, was forced to step down as CEO of Wynn Resorts in 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct.