The Vietnamese Australian found dead in Sydney’s Croydon Park on September 7 has been identified as a major gambler with alleged links to organized crime.
Peter Tan Hoang, 36, a.k.a. Peter Minh Nguyen, was found at the park early morning with multiple gunshot wounds, local newspaper reported.
According to ABC, Hoang was known as a high roller who spent millions of dollars at casinos around Australia despite having only low-paying jobs.
Australian Federal Police arrested him in a sting at Melbourne's Crown Casino in October 2012 with more than 1.5 million Australian dollars (US$1.37) they alleged were the proceeds of crime, the paper reported, adding that he denied any wrongdoing and was due to face trial in Melbourne in August of next year.
At a committal hearing in June, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told Hoang was a Crown Casino VIP and regularly carried more than one million Australian dollars in cash.
Hoang's exclusive treatment at Crown include business class flights from Sydney, a villa in the Crown Towers, free food and alcohol, a cut of the gambling turnover and minimum $1 million buy-in.
Hoang denied having links to organized crime groups and his barrister told the court he was a professional gambler who had turned over about $90 million in the five years before his arrest, according to ABC.
According to Daily Telegraph, Peter migrated to Australia in late 1990s and has visited his relatives in Vietnam over ten times since 2000.
Police are hunting for two men seen in the area at the time of his death.
One was wearing a red hooded top and the other was driving a small white or silver-colored car, ABC reported.