>Sands Macau Now Being Investigated?

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>An international news wire service is questioning potential ties between the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a Macau-based businessman alleged to have ties to organized crime.

A report from Reuters says an examination of Hong Kong court records, U.S. depositions of a former Sands executive and interviews with law enforcement in the United States and Macau show a connection between Sands, which operates Sands Macau in China and The Venetian and Palazzo on the Strip, and Cheung Chi-tai, an investor in a company that helps bring wealthy clients to casinos in Macau.

According to Reuters, a Sands Macau patron also said that Cheung ran one of the VIP rooms at the property.

Cheung has been accused of masterminding a scheme to murder a Sands Macau dealer suspected of helping a patron cheat millions of dollars from the business, the report said.

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