Posted on: December 1, 2020, 09:25h.
Last updated : December 1, 2020, 10:44h.
Quebec’s finance ministry has arranged a third party investigation into possible money laundering in the state’s casinos.
Reputed Montreal Mafia manager Stefano Sollecito, found here, was allegedly one of the Casino de Montreal’s top ten VIP gamers. (Image: Archyde)
The move comes days after national media reports alleged Mafia leaders had obtained VIP comps in the province-owned Casino de Montreal. These comprised tickets to shows, meals, and free hotel rooms.
According to Quebecois French-language news station TVA, reputed Montreal telescope manager Stefano Sollecito was recorded among the top ten players in Casino de Montreal.
Sollecito is now thought to have gambled $2.5 million in the casino in 2014 and 2015. At the moment, he had been released from prison on racketeering and cocaine trafficking charges and announced about $50,000 in earnings taxation.
Journal de Montreal enticed the casino of rolling out that the "tapis rouge" (red carpeting ) to slightly four additional gangsters out of factions of the regional Mafia or biker gangs.
Loto-Qubec Tepid Response
Loto-Qubec, the public company that owns the casino, stated in an official announcement that it requires "all the means at our disposal to avoid the presence of organized crime in the casinos. "
But it included the casino was a "public space" available to anybody over 18, which it can’t "prevent individuals or groups of people from entering. " Any client that wishes to combine the VIP scheme is free to do so, it stated.
But Finance Minister Eric Girard stated an independent audit will explore possible money laundering and criminal action. It will concentrate on the loyalty program to make sure it isn’t rewarding individuals who get money from illegal action.
BC Tip of the Iceberg?
Up to now, British Columbia has become the attention of Canada’s filthy money scandal. There, the Cullen Commission is hoping to determine whether the prior provincial government and the BC Lottery Corp intentionally dismissed a rampant casino cash laundering problem to make the most of gaming revenues for the state.
It is considered that organized crime with hyperlinks into the fentanyl trade which has murdered thousands of British Columbians has been permitted to launder billions in drug money throughout the state’s casino and real-estate marketplaces.
But a May 2019 report from the BC government’s Expert Panel on Money Laundering at BC Real Estate indicated BC could only be the tip of this iceberg. The panel reasoned that the $ 7 billion has been laundered in BC in 2018 because of weak laws and insufficient supervision. However, as a lot of as $47 billion might have been washed through the whole country during precisely the similarly period.
The board called for a nationally federal probe to the money laundering issue, a proposal that has been rebuffed by Bill Blair, Canada’s national minister for organized crime decrease.
This, despite Canada’s abysmal success rate for money laundering prosecutions. Based on Statistics Canada’s Integrated Criminal Court Survey, a 86 percent of all money laundering prices medially 2012 and 2017 were thrown out before trial.