Former BC Lottery Director says he is a “whistleblower” of money laundering at casinos

Vancouver — Former director of British Columbia Lottary Corporation’s Money Laundering Prevention Office is a hearing investigating how he was a “whistleblower” and how hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal cash flowed through state casinos. It is likely that he urged.

Los Alderson, who testified for more than four hours on Thursday, said he was urged to divulge information about the suspected range of money laundering in casinos and bureaucracy to top-level activities.

“Did I leak information to the media? Yes, I did,” Alderson told the Karen Commission at a hearing on money laundering. “I wouldn’t have been here today without me.”

The New Democratic Government announced in 2019 the BC Supreme Court in 2019 after several reports concluded that hundreds of millions of illegal cash flows related to organized crime affected the state’s real estate, luxury car and gaming sectors. Judge Austin Karen has been appointed to lead the money laundering investigation.

Alderson, who has been working in the British Columbia gaming industry since 2008, resigned from the Crown-owned lottery company in 2017.

He testified that the money laundering prevention investigation and intelligence team was “unbeatable”, but “indifference” hampered efforts to fight illegal cash at casinos.

“I felt this needed to be published in a public forum,” Alderson said of his decision to divulge information about illegal monetary activity at the casino. “I saw nothing done. Nothing was done.”

The Commission said it had expressed concern to games and government officials more than a decade ago about the increase in the amount of suspicious cash that could be associated with organized crime appearing in casinos in the Vancouver area. I heard the previous testimony from the members.

Former Prime Minister Christie Clark and former Game Minister Rich Coleman are among the 200 who have already testified, including former and current Cabinet Ministers, police officers, gamers, financial crime experts, and scholars. increase.

Alderson determines that Karen “the results of his action and omission committee’s findings in the gaming industry from 2008 to 2017 could affect legal, reputational, or privacy interests.” After that, I was qualified to join the committee.

Alderson, who testified from Australia, where he currently lives, faced questions from the Commission about his unresponsiveness to the summoning of testimony issued in March 2020.

Commission lawyer Patrick McGowan asked Alderson why the Commission had to carry out an international “man hunt” to find former lottery officials.

“I wasn’t exactly hiding in an Afghan cave,” Alderson said. “I was in Australia and was paying taxes.”

He said he was interested in family issues and believed that it was up to the committee to find him.

“Last year there was a pandemic,” he said. “My priority is the safety of my family. I live on the other side of the world.”

Alderson’s testimony is to continue on Friday.

Karen’s final report, including the recommendations, is due by December 15.

By Dirk Meissner

Canadian press

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