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Gaming group Crown Resorts has appointed a chief compliance and financial crimes officer, in the wake of a NSW inquiry into its fitness to hold a Sydney casino license.

Steven Blackburn will move from his current job as National Australia Bank’s chief financial crime risk officer and group money laundering reporting officer to Crown on March 1.

“This appointment is a further significant step forward in strengthening our compliance and anti-money laundering functions,” Crown CEO Ken Barton said on Wednesday.

The NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority inquiry into Crown earlier this year heard allegations of laundering at its Melbourne casino.

Crown had hoped to open its Sydney venue in mid-December, but the regular has withheld regulatory approval until the inquiry hands down its final report, due in February next year.