River Rock Director Deregistered
The affair surrounding the allegations of suspicious cash buy-ins at the River Rock Casino continues.
Amidst the independent investigation conducted by Peter German, who was hired by Attorney-General David Eby himself, the River Rock has lost its long-time Director of VIP Gambling Relations.
Questions Left Unanswered
According to the Vancouver Sun, the provincial gambling regulator has revoked the registration of Lisa Gow, who has been at the aforementioned position since 2012.
The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) deregistered Gow as a result of an investigation that started in November, regarding the alleged influx of suspicious Chinese cash into British Columbia casinos.
The Vancouver Sun also reported that this decision wasn’t final and that it could be changed. A request for the review has been received and according to available information, the review is underway.
What Happened At River Rock?
All started in September last year when MNP – Canada’s leading accounting, tax, and business consulting firm – released an audit that reportedly revealed that River Rock Casino accepted $13.5 million in twenty-dollar bills back in July 2015. According to the police, this was “dirty” money, obtained from drug-trafficking and other illegal activities, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the money was dropped off usually late at night.
The media reports also revealed that some VIP players were allowed to buy gambling chips with payments of up to $500,000 in small notes. The Great Canadian Gaming-operated casino reportedly violated anti-money-laundering regulations this way.
Following these revelations, the Unite Here union of casino workers recently requested to see the communication between Great Canadian Gaming and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).
Gow’s deregistration has been confirmed by the government of British Columbia, but no detailed information about the case is available at this moment.
There’s more to come on this matter, that’s for sure.