Laos Says Businessman Can't Duck $3.7M Award Over Casino

By Joyce Hanson (September 1, 2021, 6:07 PM EDT) -- Laos has asked an Idaho federal court to help the country enforce a $3.7 million arbitral award related to a soured casino venture, claiming it has jurisdiction over a businessman who's trying to dodge his debts by hiding behind alter-ego companies.

John K. Baldwin and his company Bridge Capital LLC used their Idaho bank accounts to fund a gambling project at the Savan Vegas Hotel and Casino in Laos, and Baldwin may have used the accounts to bribe a government official to shut down a financial audit and a witness not to testify, the Lao People's Democratic Republic said Tuesday as...

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