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

Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

US banks driving improved money laundering controls at casinos

Tweet Banks driving compliance changes By Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime According to this story in Reuters, banks in the US are reluctantly driving American casinos towards greater anti-money laundering compliance. Casinos are bank clients and pursuant to anti-money laundering legislation, banks have to monitor their clients’ transactions […]

Jackpot or not? Report says combo of online gambling sites and Bitcoin facilitate money laundering

Tweet According to a report released by McAfee Labs, available here entitled “Jackpot! Money Laundering Through Online Gambling,” the global online gambling sector appears to be rife with money laundering problems and Bitcoin is facilitating it. It may be that money laundering is happening on a large scale through unlicensed online gambling websites but the report […]

Money laundering is “huge” in Hong Kong and Macau; Mixed judicial response to money laundering

Tweet Money laundering is more prevalent than elsewhere According to a recent survey of business people who operate and do business in Hong Kong and Macau, money laundering is a huge problem and in fact, is more prevalent there than anywhere else in the world. The results of the survey which were reported in South China […]

Part 2 – Macau casinos with junket operators face regulatory balancing act amid international money laundering concerns

Tweet Increased pressure on Macau’s casinos Macau is facing a delicate balancing act – how to satisfy mounting international demands to crack down on money laundering and other criminal activities in its $38 billion gambling industry, without killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Finding a way of regulating the junket operators, which bring […]

Carson Yeung says he accepted $2 million from suspected triad in money laundering trial

Tweet Carson Yeung, the Hong Kong tycoon who is on trial in Hong Kong for alleged money laundering admitted in Court that he accepted 12 wire transfers totalling approximately $2 million in funds from a Macau casino that were sent by an alleged Triad boss - Cheung Chi Tai. Mr. Cheung is also alleged to have […]

Part 1 – How casino junkets work in VIP gambling rooms, luring in whale gamblers from China and how Macau junkets are trying to polish their image

Tweet This article was originally published in Asia Gambling Brief.  Macau junket operators of casino VIP rooms working on image Some of Macau’s biggest junket operators — also known as VIP gambling promoters — are planning to exhibit at next month’s Macau Gaming Show in a sign this integral part of the local gaming scene […]

Las Vegas Sands agrees to pay $47 million to avoid money laundering prosecution

Tweet The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ“) announced that it has resolved its money laundering investigation into the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (“Sands”) pursuant to which Sands will pay US$47 million to avoid criminal prosecution in connection with funds gambled by high rollers at its Venetian casino in Las Vegas. The DOJ was investigating Sands for failure […]