EGA partner revealed as governor’s wife

Entertainment Gaming Asia Inc. has paid at least $500,000 to the wife of a Cambodian provincial governor who controls the Pailin site of the company’s first casino, according to Cambodia Daily. The company, which is subject to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by virtue of its listing on Nasdaq, agreed in 2011 to pay Ban Sreymom, wife of Y Chhean, the governor of Pailin and a former bodyguard of Pol Pot, $180,000 up front, monthly rent of $5,000 and a 20 percent share of profits. Its quarterly report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission this month indicated it has already prepaid $500,000 in rent for the casino, which is not yet profitable. Chhean told the newspaper there was nothing improper about the arrangement as his wife is “an ordinary businesswoman”.