25th June 2020
AP – Brown paper bags stuffed with cash. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in casino chips. A 77-story skyscraper meant to be the highest west of the Mississippi River. Jose Huizar, a Los Angeles city councilman known as “the boss,” was arrested Tuesday on allegations he masterminded a $1.5… Read More
18th June 2020
ClubsNSW has filed its defence against former employee turned whistleblower Troy Stolz, further signalling a potentially lengthy and expensive legal fight. Mr Stolz, who worked as an anti-money laundering compliance auditor for ClubsNSW, revealed the “alarming” scale of money laundering in pokies rooms at local clubs and pubs earlier… Read More
17th June 2020
By Roman Shleynov, OCCRP, 16 June 2020 OCCRP — One day in the summer of 2013, the central Moscow office of Fonbet, Russia’s largest sports betting company, looked like a besieged fortress. Sparks and the smell of burnt metal filled the air. Officers from the anti-corruption directorate of the… Read More
16th June 2020
Dozens of scantily dressed Filipina croupiers stand in booths shuffling cards in front of a webcam, their faces softly illuminated by professional lighting. Nearby, rows of Chinese nationals sit at desks chatting on cellphones with potential clients back in China. This is what a typical POGO — or a Philippine… Read More
12th June 2020
British Columbia and Ontario provide a base of operations for an elite network of professional money launderers identified by police in 2019 and washing “upwards of hundreds of millions” per year, B.C.’s Cullen Commission into money laundering heard this week. While Global News has reported on sophisticated transnational money-laundering networks… Read More
8th June 2020
Singapore is considering tightening the due diligence process for customers at its casinos in an effort to prevent money laundering and financing terrorism, according to the Casino Regulatory Authority. The regulator earlier asked casino operators to set a threshold for the amount of cash transactions that are subject to… Read More
5th June 2020
The Singapore casino of billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. is being probed by the U.S. Department of Justice over whether anti-money laundering regulations were breached in the way it handled the accounts of top gamblers. The Justice Department in January issued a grand jury subpoena to a… Read More
2nd June 2020
We all like to kill a goblin or two online, but most people would agree multiplayer games are not the place for real-world crime. With lockdowns continuing around the globe and people staying at home, it is no wonder that the popularity of online gaming has skyrocketed. And as in-game… Read More
29th May 2020
Lithuania’s land-based casino industry faces a “very high” risk from money laundering, while the remote gambling sector faces a high risk, according to a risk assessment carried out by the country’s government. Risk levels for each aspect of Lithuania’s gambling industry were determined through “data from a variety of international… Read More
27th May 2020
The so-called Vancouver model is an outlier in the history of Canadian crime, a criminologist told B.C.’s public inquiry on money laundering Tuesday. Stephen Schneider told the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering that this system for laundering illegal funds from China and revenue from drug trafficking is exceptional. “I’ve… Read More