From the Daily News:
One of the bidders vying to build and run a Las Vegas-style video slots emporium in Queens has ties to a reputed organized crime figure in China, the Daily News has learned.
MGM Mirage is one of six groups bidding on the Aqueduct project at the same time New Jersey is considering forcing the company to divest its 50% stake in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
The New Jersey Casino Control Commission is reopening a licensing hearing for the Borgata because of MGM's partnership in a casino resort in Macau with Pansy Ho.
Ho is the daughter of Hong Kong casino magnate Stanley Ho, who has been described by U.S. officials as a "reputed organized crime figure" whose casinos have links to Chinese organized crime.
The billionaire has never been charged and has vehemently denied such ties.
In a recent report, the New Jersey attorney general's Division of Gaming Enforcement recommended MGM's partnership with Pansy Ho be found "unsuitable," according to the company's filing with the Securities Exchange Commission.