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Las Vegas Sands pays $7 million to end US criminal bribery case

The Eiffel Tower attraction stands illuminated at the Parisian Macao casino resort, operated by Sands China, a unit of Las Vegas Sands, in Macau, China, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
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The Eiffel Tower attraction stands illuminated at the Parisian Macao casino resort, operated by Sands China, a unit of Las Vegas Sands, in Macau, China, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Las Vegas Sands agreed to pay a $6.96 million criminal penalty to end a U.S. Department of Justice probe into whether it violated a federal anti-bribery law by paying a consultant to help it do business in China and Macau.

In a statement on Thursday, the Justice Department said the casino operator run by billionaire Sheldon Adelson also entered a non-prosecution agreement.

Sands' settlement follows the company's related $9 million civil settlement last April with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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