The Attorney General of British Columbia has appointed an
independent expert to review the anti-money laundering controls of the gambling
industry in response to recent concerns.
Attorney General David Eby has given lawyer Peter German the
task of assessing the effectiveness of current controls and making
recommendations for improvements, with a focus on gambling in the Lower
German is a former deputy commissioner of Correctional
Service Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He also authored Proceeds
of Crime and Money Laundering, described as Canada's leading textbook on money
"We're going to make sure the gaming policies and
procedures that protect the interests of British Columbians are in place and
are being followed," Eby said. "There are concerns about money
laundering that have been growing for years – our government is taking action
to deal with them quickly and thoroughly."
The concerns are centred around suspicious cash transactions
at a single British Columbia casino.
A report compiled in 2016, but only publicly released last
week, showed a number of transactions were made at the River Rock Casino Resort
in Richmond, a Vancouver suburb. These included a CAD$13.5m transaction in $20
Eby has asked German to determine whether there is an
unaddressed issue of money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos in particular.
In the course of his review German will meet with the
British Columbia government's Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, as well as
the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. He will also liaise with the Joint
Illegal Gaming Investigation Team within British Columbia's Combined Forces
Special Enforcement Unit, casino service providers, and employee organizations,
and any other parties willing to contribute.
"I believe that if we have the right policies and
procedures in place, we can address any concerns the public may have about
gambling in British Columbia," Eby said. "We have the full support of
operators in the sector, as well as [the British Columbia Lottery Corporation]
and the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch for this review."
The review is to be completed by the end of March 2018,
although recommendations will be made as and when they are identified.