Peter Jerman, former deputy commissioner of the Canadian Mounted Police Department, who was asked to investigate allegations of money laundering schemes across casino sites in British Columbia, said he knew his job would be over soon when the state hired him in less than a year.
Nevertheless, in an interview with Star Vancouver, he praised the encouragement and cooperation he received from local police officers, investigators and whistleblowers who have been working to raise awareness of the issue for about a decade. Mr. Jerman also said he appreciated what the local police did. He also lavished special praise on Joe Schalke, a former senior investigative director at British Columbia’s gaming and policy enforcement department, who has repeatedly worked to make the British Columbia government do something since 2012.
Six years ago, Mr. Schalke tried to raise local authorities’ awareness of the issue through emails currently cited in a report released last week. An investigation conducted by Mr. Jerman concluded that casinos in the southern mainland were used by organized crime groups to launder dirty money accumulated from illegal activities, a major failure of the collective system under state control and surveillance. 슬롯머신사이트
It has become clear that criminals are allowed to regularly deposit hundreds of thousands of dollars at casino counters, but the anti-money laundering department of the British Columbia Lottery Company (BCLC) has done little to prevent this from happening.
Major failure of the BC authorities in terms of illegal gambling
Peter Goodron, executive director of the British Columbia Game Industry Association, explained that the recommendations from the German report were welcomed by the group, which has always been involved in reporting suspicious transactions at casinos around the state, as required by law.
Mr Goodron also agreed that local jurisdictions were focused on identifying the source of the money deposited in these casinos, and reiterated that he was prepared to do his best to fulfill the association’s obligations. However, he confessed that the system had been compromised, but insisted that it was more important to ensure that the local industry never experienced such a serious problem again.
A report released by a German last week raised several questions regarding the priorities set by authorities in British Columbia to prevent such money laundering. Rich Coleman, who served as the state’s gambling minister from 2001 to 2006, 2009/2010 and 2012/2013, was among those who could be held accountable for lax surveillance and regulation of casino gambling in the region, the German said. As previously stated in a casino report, Mr Coleman was engaged in overseeing the removal of the only independent police force dedicated to investigating gambling crimes in 2009. The unit was established in 2004 in British Columbia to maintain the integrity of the state’s public games by taking charge of law enforcement in connection with illegal gambling operations.