Corruption conviction in Macau

Macau public officials can teach Southern Nevada’s esteemed politicians a thing or two about corruption. Former Macau minister Ao Min-long was sentenced this week to 28.5 years in prison for ripping massive bribes connected to, drum roll please, casino construction on the island.

According to Agence France-Presse, Ao generated an amazing $100 million in graft in seven short years, which might be a record for Macau. Ao’s corruption appears to have been linked to casino projects run by Melco Crown Entertainment, a company led by Lawrence Ho, son of Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho, and James Packer, scion of the late Australia gaming billionaire Kerry Packer. The casino company wasn’t implicated in any wrongdoing.