Following the testimony of former British Columbia Prime Minister Christy Clark, the investigation into money laundering in the state proceeded with testimony from former prominent state officials.
The Karen Commission recently played games for former Attorney General Shirley Bond, former Finance Minister Mike de John, former Police Deputy Minister Kevin Beg, and former Deputy Minister Lori Wannamaker. The Commission also heard from the current Attorney General, David Ebby, who helped establish the Commission.
Beg was asked about state police controls, especially the steps taken to prevent criminal abuse at the port of entry, and the remaining witnesses were asked about his knowledge of suspicious financial transactions that took place during his tenure.
In her testimony April 22Bond, a former AG of BC, said her portfolio focuses on the public security mandated by the premier. She had no experience in the gaming industry, but added that the money laundering issue caught the attention of her Liberal government.
Bond said that gambling addiction, civil confiscation, and gang violence were major concerns when game files were part of her job in 2011.
Commission adviser Patrick McGowan has requested the Game Policy and Executive Department (GPEB) or the British Columbia Lottery Commission (BCLC) following media coverage of suspicious cash transfers at BC Casino. In response to the question, Bond replied that she did not. .. She said a previous state commissioned review showed that appropriate anti-money laundering measures had already been implemented.
A 2011 review by the state’s Civil Forfeiture Department, Rob Kroeker, concluded that the state had appropriate steps to address criminal activity, especially money laundering, at British Columbia casinos. We recommended establishing a task force to learn more about the issue.
Bond also said she was not involved in the day-to-day operations of the casino and relied on the expertise of the ministry. The game files were transferred from Bond’s portfolio to the Minister of Finance in 2012.
Former finance minister De Jung said in a testimony on April 23 that he had no background in the gaming division. He also said his assistant deputy minister advised him not to be too involved in everyday game operations.
“We have this unique political system, and in general the minister is the most unqualified person in the room in a group of experts,” said De John. If the agency disagrees on how to proceed.
De Jung also expressed dissatisfaction with the view that his government was indifferent to the subject of anti-money laundering due to financial considerations.
“I had a lot of trouble with the expenses,” De John said of BCLC.
De Jung denied that his government was laundering money laundering to promote revenue, saying he had never asked BCLC about revenue, only about its costs. He said he didn’t want to “ruin it” and didn’t want to have more information than he needed.
“Of course, I didn’t knowingly see the testimony of former Prime Minister Clark,” said De John. “But once you start reading the brushstrokes, I’d like you to ask her what she owned to assign the game files to the Finance Minister. I’ve never heard of her and want to know. Because I think. “
In a testimony on April 21, former Deputy Police Minister Begg said he believed there was a significant lack of federal funding to carry out effective anti-money laundering activities in the state.
“We have negotiated an agreement with the federal government to provide some financial assistance to the OCA. [Organized Crime Agency] Because of the capacity of the harbor, “Beg said. “But it was much less than what was originally there.”
Mr Beg said he didn’t think the gap was properly closed when the federal government dissolved the OCA because of his objections.
Wannamaker, the former deputy minister for the game, told her that former GPEB general manager Doug Scott had hundreds of thousands of dollars in suspicious cash transactions at state casinos, or Scott heightened his belief that this cash could be a criminal proceeds. Wanamaker replied that he couldn’t remember.
This contradicts Scott’s testimony to the February Commission. He said Wanamaker actually knew his belief that criminal proceeds were in the casino.
GPEB regulate All gambling in British Columbia is responsible for ensuring the integrity of companies, people, and equipment in the gambling industry. It is also our duty to investigate allegations of fraud.
Current Attorney General Eby Said The April 26 committee said there was a significant information gap about suspicious cash at the casino during various briefings between GPEB and BCLC. His conclusion was that the casino problem was serious and the gap between GPEB and BCLC had to be addressed.
The final report of the Karen Commission is scheduled as follows: release In December of this year.it was start In May 2019, in response to multiple reports on money laundering in British Columbia, we outlined how hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal cash transactions affected the state’s real estate, luxury car and gaming sectors. ..
With files from Canadian Press