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Real estate lawyers may have helped high rollers buy Vancouver homes like casino chips: inquiry

B.C. casino investigators probed real estate lawyers whom they had connected to private mortgages, organized crime and an alleged transnational money-laundering scheme, the province’s inquiry has heard. In testimony Tuesday at the Cullen Commission, Brad Rudnicki, a BC Lottery Corporation anti-money laundering intelligence specialist, said his investigations suggested… Read More

HSBC Banker Knew About Dealings With Iran, Meng’s Defense Argues

Lawyers representing Meng Wanzhou tried to discredit evidence presented by U.S. officials in her extradition hearing, arguing a banker at HSBC Holdings Plc knew that a company doing business with Iran was actually an affiliate of Huawei Technologies Co. One of Meng’s lawyers, Frank Addario, told the… Read More

‘Vancouver Model’ money laundering connects B.C., Las Vegas and Macau casinos, inquiry hears

B.C.’s inquiry into money laundering has heard stunning evidence about connections between B.C. government casinos, casinos in Macau and Las Vegas, and international drug traffickers and loan sharks moving money between Vancouver, Latin America and Asia via Chinese underground banks. The Cullen Commission heard new details on Monday about… Read More
24th February 2021
One of the largest police investigations into organized crime in Ontario’s history has fallen apart after police allegedly illegally intercepted phone calls as part of a multimillion-dollar probe into suspected Mob activity in the Greater Toronto Area, CBC News has learned. The operation, dubbed Project Sindacato, resulted in charges against… Read More
23rd February 2021
Human traffickers are using transportation corridors to exploit more women and girls in Canada, a new report says. The report by The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, found that by continuously moving through cities and provinces sex traffickers keep their victims confused and unable to… Read More
19th February 2021
The UK government has imposed sanctions on senior generals in the Myanmar administration following the military coup. The country has put in place travel bans and asset freezes on three key figures in the military regime in response to human rights violations. Further safeguards have also been… Read More
18th February 2021
North Korea was accused of being behind the 2014 hack of an internal computer network of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., an audacious attack that exposed Hollywood secrets and destroyed company data. On Wednesday, U.S. officials said that was only the beginning. In indicting three North Korean computer programmers… Read More
7th February 2021
Where did the buck stop? Or, rather, where did the duffel bags stuffed with $20 bills – suspected to be from Vancouver’s deadly, illicit opioid trade – stop? That’s the constant question circling over the public inquiry into money laundering in B.C. during recent testimony from four key executives from… Read More
2nd February 2021
A Montreal man has been criminally charged in New York for his role in a multimillion dollar telemarketing fraud where elderly victims were falsely told they had won Canadian lotteries and sweepstakes, U.S. prosecutors said. Martin Hogan, 52, pleaded not guilty on Monday to an 11-count indictment including wire fraud,… Read More
1st February 2021
The president of the British Columbia Lottery Corp. says the former Liberal government called for tighter controls on cash at casinos but didn’t order the Crown corporation to impose buy-in limits on gamblers as part of its overall anti-money laundering strategy. Jim Lightbody said it wasn’t until 2018, following a… Read More
29th January 2021
First Majestic Silver Corp. won a reprieve on criminal tax fraud charges in initial Mexican court hearings for a case that will test the strength of the country’s crackdown on tax evasion, according to people familiar with the matter. A judge in Mexico City declined to… Read More
28th January 2021
Iranian-Canadian community leaders and anti-money laundering experts say Canada is failing to police the explosive growth of Toronto-based underground currency exchanges that are laundering drug money, financing foreign terrorist groups, and supporting the Iranian regime. Kaveh Shahrooz, a lawyer and human rights activist, and Reza Banai, a Toronto businessman and… Read More
27th January 2021
Lawmakers in Canada’s House of Commons voted unanimously on Monday to classify the extremist far-right group Proud Boys as a white supremacist terrorist organization. Canadians begin considering labeling Proud Boys as a terrorist group following the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January. A member of… Read More