GOP Donor Adelson Accused Of Organized Crime Ties
A U.S. court will hear accusations that Sheldon Adelson, a major Republican donor, has ties to organized crime in China.
Las Vegas Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled that a hearing over the full case will take place in a Nevada courtroom, according to The Guardian, dealing a blow to Adelson, the owner of Las Vegas Sands and a major GOP political donor.
“This matter has been pending in Nevada courts for almost five years,” Gonzalez said. “Judicial economy would be served by continuing his litigation in Nevada.”
Her ruling follows a month of legal arguments over where jurisdiction in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against Adelson should take place.
Steven Jacobs, the suit’s plaintiff, has argued that Adelson unfairly terminated him as chief executive of Adelson’s casinos in Macao, China, in a case that has remained tangled in courts since 2010.
Jacobs alleged that Adelson fired him after he blocked hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for Leonel Alves, a Macau legislator and lawyer. He has argued that the funds would have potentially breached U.S. anti-bribery laws.
Jacobs additionally charged that Adelson and Alves refused his attempts to break ties with Macau’s triads, the Chinese organized crime groups that run illegal operations there.