Mafia dad and his 3 children sentenced to long jail terms for illegal gambling

According to several news reports in Italy (here, here and here), a whole family of the ‘Ndrangheta, an international criminal organization that originated in Italy, was convicted Wednesday of illegally operating online gambling websites after a three year trial called “Black Monkey”. Nicola Femia, his daughter and two sons were sentenced to 56 years incarceration collectively [...]

The definitive guide to anti-money laundering compliance at casinos and regulated online gambling sites for casinos, investors, regulators, banks and players

Duhaime Law and the Gaming Security Professionals of Canada jointly published a Q&A on money laundering for casinos and online regulated poker websites, written by Christine Duhaime, BA, JD, CAMS. The Q&A is reproduced below. 1. Executive Summary Money laundering is a process in which so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime is transformed [...]

Internet operator of illegal online sports book in Toronto pleads guilty

A Toronto man accused of running the Internet services for Platinum Sport Book, an illegal sports betting ring that the RCMP believe is linked to the Mafia and the Hells Angels, pleaded guilty to being a booking in a criminal organization. Platinum Sports Book was a sophisticated online gambling website located partially offshore that solicited [...]

FBI – “No safe haven anywhere for money launderers” – The fascinating $1B 1MDB civil asset forfeiture case

Largest civil asset recovery case in US of this kind On July 20, 2016, the US Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture case in California to recover assets of more than $1 billion in alleged proceeds of crime resulting from fraud allegedly committed by individuals associated with the Malaysian government’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (“1MDB“). [...]

How Canadian billionaire Michael DeGroot’s US$111 million loan for casinos in the Dominican Republic turned into “an ugly battle with a shady cast of characters” including the Mafia

How Billionaire Michael DeGroot lost $111 million in loans to people connected to the mob to run casinos in the Dominican Republic and never saw a penny of it back.

Europol says organized crime is quickly changing to virtual methods

In a report released yesterday on serious organized crime called “Exploring Tomorrow’s Organized Crime” (the “Report“), Europol found that organized crime is now becoming a virtual activity over the Internet and as a result, transnational criminal organizations (“TCO“) are migrating towards virtual payment methods to conduct commercial affairs, including digital payments. According to Europol, the [...]

The Chinese Way – the impact of China’s anti-corruption campaign on trade-based money laundering and Macau casinos

Money Laundering Bulletin in the UK has a good article out today on the anti-corruption drive in China and its impact on the casinos in Macau, which explores the anti-money laundering lapses and lack of legislation in the gambling industry in Macau, and the corresponding increase of trade-based money laundering in China. Trade-based money laundering According [...]

Court in Canada says despite notice of surveillance, violent offender has expectation of privacy over texts in public casino

Expectation of privacy In an odd decision out of Canada, a provincial level Supreme Court has ruled that a violent offender gambling at a public casino has an expectation of privacy when using his cellular phone to text despite the fact that gamblers are notified of being under surveillance when entering casinos. The decision may [...]

Casino employee fined by FinCEN over anti-money laundering compliance issues

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN“) has fined a former manger of a US casino over anti-money laundering compliance violations. According to the Wall Street Journal, George Que, a former manger of VIP services at Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, assisted high rollers at the casino to gamble outside of the Bank Secrecy Act reporting [...]