Macau Probing Romney Backer's Casino

Documents in scandalous US case illegally transported, say officials
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2012 3:17 AM CDT
Updated Aug 1, 2012 3:46 AM CDT
Macau Probing Romney Backer's Casino
Adelson approved of prostitution at company properties in Macau, a former casino exec claims.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

The biggest donor to Republican candidates this election could be in big trouble in Macau. Authorities in the former Portuguese colony are probing casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Sands China company for illegally sending documents out of the territory, reports Reuters. The documents came from the hard drive of former Sands China CEO Steve Jacobs, who has filed a wrongful dismissal suit alleging that Adelson personally approved of prostitution at his company's properties in Macau.

Sands' lawyers, after previously telling a US court that they were not holding the documents, which couldn't be produced without violating Macau's data protection laws, now say that they were transported "in error" to the company's lawyers in the US. The casino firm denies all of Jacobs' accusations against Adelson, who has been pouring money into pro-Romney PACs after previously giving more than $10 million to pro-Newt Gingrich groups. (More Sheldon Adelson stories.)

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