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British Columbia Gaming

7/11/2018

article B.C.’s former illegal gaming enforcement commander makes startling claim about what he could not investigate
(British Columbia) -- Authorities called it the flow of dirty money into B.C. casinos captured on undated surveillance footage. But what happened outside the view of...
article OP/ED: Attorney general doesn’t provide any help to stop Delta casino
(British Columbia) -- After outlining my opposition to the casino proposal that received conditional approval from Delta council in May, I reported that I had written...

7/10/2018

article Former head of B.C.’s illegal gambling enforcement team blames RCMP, B.C. Liberals for inaction against money laundering
(British Columbia) -- The former head of B.C.’s Integrated Illegal Gambling Enforcement Team (IIGET) says the former provincial government didn’t crack down...
article Warnings ignored: Investigator fired after raising concerns about casino money laundering
(British Columbia) -- A pile of $20 bills – some $600,000 -- that was stacked higher than the casino cashier. It’s the surreal scene that stays with Joe...

7/8/2018

article BC’s ‘Dirty Money’ Casino Investigation Shifts Focus to Housing Market Bubble
(British Columbia) -- In British Columbia, an ongoing casino money laundering investigation is about to enter its second phase, and the province’s overheated...

7/6/2018

article Watchdog ‘astounded’ at Rich Coleman’s casino donation comments
(British Columbia) -- A B.C.-based political watchdog group is taking aim at former solicitor general Rich Coleman, over comments he made regarding donations to the BC...

7/5/2018

article How big is British Columbia’s money laundering problem?
(British Columbia) -- Beautiful British Columbia has been hiding a dirty little secret: Canada’s westernmost province has laundered at least $100m through its...

7/4/2018

article B.C. pledges action on casino money laundering
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has vowed to crack down on money laundering in the gaming sector after a scathing report identified millions of dollars in...
article Premier Horgan open to inquiry on money laundering in B.C. casinos
(British Columbia) -- Premier John Horgan says a public inquiry may be needed to determine how money laundering infiltrated B.C. casinos, a scourge the head of a recent...

7/3/2018

article 'It was an unintentional failure,' says former attorney general of money laundering fiasco
(British Columbia) -- In the wake of former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German's report exposing the potential laundering of $100 million though B.C. casinos,...

7/1/2018

article How CBC journalists laundered $24K at B.C. casinos
(British Columbia) -- In May 2008, I found myself staring into the bright glow of a slot machine, a thick wad of $20 bills in my lap, wired with a hidden camera and...
article How the laundering of ‘dirty money’ in B.C. casinos was exposed
(British Columbia) -- Peter German, the former deputy RCMP commissioner tasked with investigating crime in British Columbia’s casinos, knew he had his work cut out...
article B.C. Casinos Linked to Money Laundering: What Does This Mean for Great Canadian Gaming Corp.?
(British Columbia) -- A long-awaited report from B.C.’s attorney general could have some wide-ranging consequences for casinos in the province, and that could be a...
article Mike Smyth: 'I am not soft on crime,' Coleman insists after damning casino report
(British Columbia) -- Columnist Mike Smyth writes about the aftermath of last week's bombshell money-laundering report. Has it knocked Rich Coleman out of the race...

6/30/2018

article Stop whitewashing the bloodstains from BC's Dirty Money Laundromat
(British Columbia) -- “I only have a daughter.” These were the last words of Lilly (Rong) Li, before she was strangled to death by two men in May, 2006. She...
article 'They didn't want to listen': Fired gambling inspector feels vindicated by report
(British Columbia) -- It's been a bittersweet week for Joe Schalk. As the former senior director of investigations for B.C.'s Gaming and Policy Enforcement...
article B.C. casino report offers glimpse at shift in RCMP priorities on financial crime
(British Columbia) -- In July of 2015, an RCMP officer investigating the flow of money into a B.C. casino told the province’s lottery corporation that officers...

6/28/2018

article B.C. casino report offers glimpse at shift in RCMP priorities on financial crime
(British Columbia) -- In July of 2015, an RCMP officer investigating the flow of money into a B.C. casino told the province’s lottery corporation that officers...
article How institutional infighting allowed money laundering to flourish at B.C. casinos
(British Columbia) -- "Toxic." "Poisoned." "The enemy." In a report about money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos, you might hope those...

6/27/2018

article 'They turned a blind eye to it,' says Eby on release of damning German report into money laundering at B.C. casinos
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has pledged sweeping oversight reforms of the casino industry as recommended by a damning independent report on money...
article B.C. casinos are ‘laundromats’ for ‘infusion of dirty money,’ report says
(British Columbia) -- Plastic shopping bags bulging with cash dumped onto casino counters. Hundreds of thousands in $20 bills, bundled by elastic bands. Thirteen minutes...
article B.C. money laundering report says casino chips being used as ‘currency’ to traffic drugs
(British Columbia) -- A new report from British Columbia Attorney General David Eby shows rampant money laundering at casinos fueled the opioid epidemic and rampant real...
article Large-scale money laundering at B.C. casinos; system failure: 'Dirty Money' report
(British Columbia) -- A long-awaited independent report into money laundering at B.C. casinos has been released with sweeping reforms recommended for the industry.
article Mulgrew: B.C. money-laundering report offers rhetoric instead of accountability
(British Columbia) -- The much-anticipated report into money laundering in B.C. casinos released Wednesday turned out to be a political whitewash. The police didn’...
article Shaw: Money-laundering report crucifies Liberals for mismanagement
(British Columbia) -- B.C. Attorney General David Eby didn’t need to use too many words Wednesday when he heaped the bulk of the blame for money laundering in the...

6/26/2018

article B.C. has failed to prevent money laundering through casinos: Attorney-General
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s Attorney-General says the province has failed to prevent widespread money laundering through its casinos, and hopes an...

6/24/2018

article Government seeks forfeiture of casino chips seized from suspected money launderer
(British Columbia) -- The director of civil forfeiture has filed suit against an alleged international money launderer to get casino chips seized from him forfeited to...

6/21/2018

article British Columbia casinos under pressure to ban high-limit games
(British Columbia) -- Casinos in the Canadian province of British Columbia are facing mounting public pressure to ban high-limit table games following a spate of money...

6/20/2018

article Poll shows voters support public inquiry into B.C. casino money laundering
(British Columbia) -- A majority of B.C. voters believe the provincial government should call a public inquiry into circumstances that enabled money laundering to occur...

6/13/2018

article Union responds to Gateway Casinos' letter to Kamloops
(British Columbia) -- The union representing workers at Cascades Casino in Kamloops is not impressed with a public letter issued by Gateway Casinos on Tuesday. Stephanie...

6/12/2018

article LETTER: Don’t give Delta casino final approval
(British Columbia) -- Although there may be a moral debate happening in our community, like it or not, I think gambling and casinos are here to stay.

6/11/2018

article Casino workers petition BCLC for fairness
(British Columbia) -- Members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) working at casinos are petitioning BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) today...

6/8/2018

article Canadian police arrest suspected international money launderer
(British Columbia) -- Law enforcement officials in western Canada reportedly arrested an Australian national late last month amid allegations that he was the mastermind...

6/6/2018

article Man was in B.C. to launder money: RCMP
(British Columbia) -- An Australian high-stakes gambler, who was ordered deported after an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing Tuesday, was in B.C. to launder money,...

5/3/2018

article Delta council gives preliminary approval to Ladner casino
(British Columbia) -- Delta council has given the go ahead for a casino to be built in Ladner, providing BCLC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are...

5/2/2018

article Mesirow takes $400M gamble on casinos
(Vancouver) -- Mesirow Financial has completed the sale-leaseback of three Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited properties in Vancouver. Gateway is one of the...

5/1/2018

article How Suspicious Transactions in British Columbia Casinos Turned into Canada’s Biggest Money Laundering Scandal
(British Columbia) -- The term “money laundering” is often associated with popular offshore destinations such as Bermuda or Panama, but it turns out that...

4/29/2018

article Delta casino to promote 'socially responsible' gaming
(British Columbia) -- Measures are in place to help problem gamblers, the B.C. Lottery Corporation assures. One of the issues raised by opponents of Gateway’s...

4/26/2018

article Proposed Delta casino to be part of ‘Cascades’ brand
(British Columbia) -- Delta’s proposed casino may still in the application phase, but that hasn’t stopped Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. from...

4/20/2018

article The Vancouver Model: BC Casinos Linked with Chinese Gangs, Drugs and International Crime
(British Columbia) -- The suspicions that money from criminal activity has been laundered through British Columbia casinos for years have spread and are now turning into...

4/19/2018

article How Chinese gangs are laundering drug money through Vancouver real estate
(British Columbia) -- Criminal syndicates that control chemical factories in China’s booming Guangdong province are shipping narcotics, including fentanyl, to...

4/10/2018

article Ladner casino proposal going to hearing
(British Columbia) -- Delta council on Monday evening gave preliminary approval for the proposed Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd. Hotel/casino complex. The $70...

4/8/2018

article Will there be a $70 million casino hotel in Ladner by 2020?
(British Columbia) -- Delta residents could be dropping a few bucks in the penny slots in their own backyard in a couple of years. After several months of lightly...

4/3/2018

article B.C. attorney general reviewing report aimed at ending money laundering
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia's attorney general says a report on money laundering makes clear that proceeds of crime have been laundered through the...

4/2/2018

article Casino plan heading to Delta council
(British Columbia) -- The application for a new hotel/casino complex in Delta will likely be heading to council this month. That’s the latest from the city on the...

3/29/2018

article Vancouver supercars are next in B.C. dirty money crackdown
(British Columbia) -- A money laundering crackdown sparked by lavish bets at Vancouver gambling tables has a new target in sight: The city’s gleaming luxury...

3/28/2018

article Suspicious Transactions Plummet at BC Casinos Following Crackdown
(British Columbia) -- Suspicious cash transactions at British Columbia’s casinos have dropped significantly in the wake of tighter controls implemented by the...

3/27/2018

article 'Suspicious' B.C. casino-cash transactions plummeted in February: Eby
(British Columbia) -- “Suspicious” casino-cash transactions plummeted in British Columbia after the provincial government tightened oversight, says Attorney...
article Vancouver Supercars Are Next in Canadian Dirty Money Crackdown
(British Columbia) -- A money laundering crackdown sparked by lavish bets at Vancouver gambling tables has a new target in sight: The Canadian city’s gleaming...

3/26/2018

article B.C. attorney-general wants Ottawa to help province halt money laundering
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s attorney-general wants the federal government to help the province prevent money laundering. Former RCMP deputy...

3/23/2018

article Review of casino standoff, police shooting suggests IIO lacked training
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia's police watchdog lacked clear procedures and training for investigators after an officer-involved shooting led to a man's...

3/21/2018

article Compulsive gambler sues B.C. Lottery Corp.
(British Columbia) -- A gambling addict who says he blew $550,000 in disability payments on online lottery games is suing B.C. lottery officials for allegedly failing to...

3/16/2018

article BC Casinos Would Lose $88 Million Per Year from High Stakes Transaction Ban
(British Columbia) -- A proposal to restrict table game “buy-ins” at British Columbia casinos to no more than CA$10,000 ($7,650) would cost the sector up to...
article British Columbia Expects Revenue to Fall as It Tackles Dirty Money
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia is projecting a C$30 million ($23 million) drop in gambling revenue as the government cracks down on money laundering at Vancouver...
article Report: Anti-money-laundering measures could slam BCLC casino revenue
(British Columbia) -- A confidential report commissioned by B.C. Lottery Corp. estimates that B.C. casinos could lose up to $88 million in revenue each year if the...
article Cracking down on illegal gambling comes with cost, says report commissioned by province
(British Columbia) -- A provincial crackdown on large cash transactions in casinos could lead to a significant cut in revenue for the province, according to an...

3/15/2018

article 2016 money given to BCLC high rollers wasn’t for winnings, probe finds
(British Columbia) -- The hits just keep on coming for the casino industry in Canada. In an investigation over gambling practices and possible money laundering that...

3/13/2018

article Massive BCLC casino cheque payouts were mostly returned funds
(British Columbia) -- The majority of big-money cheques issued to B.C. Lottery Corp. high-rollers in 2016, including a $2.4 million return of funds, were not for...

3/2/2018

article Kelowna casino re-opens under new name
(British Columbia) -- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is betting its newly re-branded and refurbished Kelowna casino will be a hit, both with gamblers and diners. The...

2/26/2018

article Kelowna casino re-brands; chooses grand opening charity
(British Columbia) -- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is set to launch their new brand, Playtime Casino, with a grand opening in Kelowna this Thursday. Playtime Casino...

2/19/2018

article No quick fix: B.C.’s Attorney General says money laundering problem will take years to solve
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s Attorney General is promising a widespread crackdown in the wake of shocking allegations of money laundering in B.C. real estate...
article Smyth: Eby talks tough on money-laundering, will he back it up with real action?
(British Columbia) -- B.C. has become a haven of drug-dealing and money-laundering that’s killing hundreds of people from overdoses and pricing homes beyond the...

2/16/2018

article River Rock VIP Manager Arranged Illegal Third-Party Cash Delivery for Gambler
(British Columbia) -- Lisa Gao, the former director of VIP guest relations at British Columbia’s River Rock Casino, was deregistered by the Canadian province...

2/15/2018

article River Rock Casino's top VIP hostess no longer at the casino following de-registration
(British Columbia) -- A prominent River Rock Casino employee who oversaw all high-limit betting operations is no longer working at the Richmond casino after losing a...

2/3/2018

article Delta casino proposal raises traffic and tunnel questions
(British Columbia) -- The City of Delta hosted its first open house on the proposed Gateway hotel/casino Thursday at Harris Barn. Over the course of the evening, well...

1/29/2018

article Delta business owners worried proposed casino could cause shortage of workers
(British Columbia) -- Members of Delta’s business community got their chance to weigh in on plans for a casino in Ladner during a Delta Chamber of Commerce...

1/27/2018

article B.C. government probe leads to deregistration of River Rock VIP host
(British Columbia) -- In British Columbia, a probe into allegations of third-party cash buy-ins at the River Rock Casino has resulted in the revocation of the...

1/25/2018

article River Rock VIP host deregistered after B.C. government probe
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s gaming regulator has revoked the registration of River Rock Casino’s director of VIP gambler relations after an investigation...

1/23/2018

article ‘We had no idea it was this big’: B.C. attorney general on money laundering notes
(British Columbia) -- In a potential preview of next month’s provincial budget, B.C. Attorney General David Eby has pledged to crack down on white collar crime and...
article BC Lottery Corporation inches closer to virtual casino
(British Columbia) -- It can be hard work to set up a casino in this province – overcoming concerned city councils, neighbourhood opposition and the stigma of...

1/12/2018

article Richmond coffee shop the site of $2.68 million dollar transaction: Legal files
(British Columbia) -- Paul King Jin, the B.C. Lottery Corp.-banned lender at the centre of an investigation into alleged transnational money laundering in B.C. casinos,...
article Chinese Real Estate “High-Roller” Loans Money from Allegedly Underground Banking Network in Richmond, Legal Filings Claim
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s self-regulated casino industry has been blasted for its lax anti-money laundering measures. The issue appeared on the...

1/8/2018

article B.C. gaming officials flag unusual betting by high roller 'housewives' & 'students' in casino review
(British Columbia) -- People identifying their occupations as "student" or "housewife" make up an unusually large share of B.C.'s high-rolling...
article China's hunt for corrupt officials could affect BCLC 'whale' gambler revenue
(British Columbia) -- B.C. Lottery Corp. casinos rely heavily on large transactions from Asian “whale” gamblers, but revenue connected to this high-roller...

1/6/2018

article Gambling advisors coming to casinos
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s NDP government is betting an investment into at-risk gamblers will pay off for the entire province. The province’s gaming policy...

1/2/2018

article Casino workers' union stunned by BCLC's $500,000 freedom of information search fee
(British Columbia) -- A union that requested B.C. Lottery Corporation records concerning anti-money laundering compliance at casinos including River Rock in Richmond, is...

12/20/2017

article Documents point to $5,000-chip problems at River Rock Casino
(British Columbia) -- A flood of $5,000 chips that disappeared from River Rock Casino raised concerns about public safety and an alleged underground economy connected to...

12/12/2017

article London Councillors raise questions about Gateway's casino plans
(British Columbia) -- A Canadian casino giant has provided an inside look into a proposed east end casino and hotel complex — fully equipped with an eight-storey...

12/4/2017

article BC Lottery given power to impose fines, strip licences from casinos
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government is giving the province's gambling regulator new powers to impose fines directly and even strip operating licences from...

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