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Human Smuggling, Money Laundering Probes Surround Saipan Casino

  • Construction slows after raid on Beijing-linked contractor
  • VIP tables beat Macau volumes, said to draw U.S. investigation
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Here's Why U.S. Agencies Are Probing Saipan Casino

When FBI agents recently raided an office on the U.S. island of Saipan, they unlocked a cabinet full of Chinese passports belonging to construction laborers without work credentials. The agency, which made at least one arrest, said it was acting on reports of “systematic human smuggling.”

The documents were pulled from a contracting company hired to build a lush gambling resort on this remote patch of U.S. territory -- an ambitious expansion of Best Sunshine Live, a little storefront casino where billions of dollars are wagered each month.