“A businessman “connected to Asian organized crime” was allowed by a British Columbia government employee to buy part of a B.C. Lottery Corp. casino, according to a confidential RCMP report obtained by Global News.
And the government employee was later hired in a B.C. casino.
The explosive accusation is just one example of organized crime’s alleged infiltration and corruption of B.C. government casinos, according to a January 2009 RCMP anti-illegal gaming unit report.
The report also contained jarring allegations of victimization, including that women with gambling debts in Asia were being trafficked to B.C. and forced into sex work, and that children in B.C. had been thrown in the trunk of a car and warned at gun-point that their father owed $300,000.
The report argued the RCMP anti-illegal gaming unit (IIGET) should target the drug cartels using B.C. Lottery Corp. casinos in combination with illegal casinos, to launder money…”
This is just another chilling and disturbing revelation revealed by Sam Cooper today, in his new article you must read here : https://globalnews.ca/news/6403415/organized-crime-bc-casinos-rcmp-report/?utm_medium=Twitter&utm_source=%40globalnews
And once again, it raises compelling questions as to why so many aspects of how and why organized crime not only expanded but flourished in British Columbia, leads back to Rich Coleman and his decision to shut down the Integrated Illegal Gaming Enforcement Team while the BC Liberals were in government.
Its a decision I’ve revisited here on the site quite a few times, in The Coleman Files, particularly through a series of video interviews undertaken by former independent investigative reporter Sean Holman. I suspect Sean Holman’s work may very well become evidence at some point, which is why its very important to keep this information in the public realm. And it’s only part of the reason why current BC Liberals have very little credibility on this and most other issues they try to sound morally superior on.
This all happened under their leadership. It was fostered and perpetuated by a willful blindness and negligence while revenues from gaming filled the government treasury.The sad truth and result is that organized crime and dirty blood money has paid for a lot of things in this province, since part of lottery revenues is handed out in community gaming grants specifically created to offset the harm done through gambling.
There are so many posts here about Rich Colemans activities while a sitting minister in government, but here are the most relevant:
- April 2016, I called out the hypocrisy,arrogance and appalling lack of foresight when the BC Liberals announced they were cracking down on money laundering and illegal gaming – if Coleman hadn’t deliberately disbanded that unit after being advised of organized crime in casinos, it may not have insinuated every corner https://lailayuile.com/2016/04/11/a-little-perspective-on-todays-bc-liberal-money-laundering-announcement/
- June 2018, following the release of the Peter German report and some of its explosive findings, I pulled out Sean Holmans video interview of Coleman talking about the decision to disband the IIGET, and dissected his responses in conjunction with the minute they occurred in the video. https://lailayuile.com/2018/06/27/money-and-corruption-are-ruining-the-land-2/ (At one point, he makes an odd point out of how his stories don’t change because hes telling the truth)
- June 2018, Sandy Garossino posts this chilling and pointed article https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/06/30/opinion/stop-whitewashing-bloodstains-bcs-dirty-money-laundromat
- 2 days later, I detailed a tweet thread by Sandy Garossino, a former crown prosecutor whose questions will hopefully be answered in the inquiry https://lailayuile.com/2018/06/29/why-eby-must-call-a-public-inquiry-and-why-you-the-media-must-not-let-this-slide/
- February 2019, following another of Sam Coopers reports, I pulled out more of Sean Holman’s videos of scrums and interviews with Rich Coleman, watched them all, made notes and detailed where he contradicted himself between older and more recent statements to the press. https://lailayuile.com/2019/02/05/the-coleman-files/
I’m thankful for Sam Cooper and his persistence with this story. Its because of him that so much of these details are coming to light, and this report clearly indicates widespread corruption in government bodies and agencies. It’s why I was and still am concerned about the limited scope of the inquiry, because corruption doesn’t begin and end when political parties change power seats in the legislature. It’s rooted in the regulatory and oversight branches, it exists in places and positions that don’t usually change when governments do. And its the system that allowed all this to happen in the first place, so its my hope that if greater evidence is brought forth, the inquiry will be expanded.
Before I go, something else caught my eye today in Ontario that gave me shivers.
In the context of the stories above with Coleman’s disbanding of the IIGET, it makes me wonder why the RCMP is shutting down its financial crimes unit in Ontario, when a former top mountie says its a big mistake….
Despite multiple recent reports that identified Toronto’s vulnerability to money laundering, the RCMP has decided to disband its Ontario financial crimes unit, the Star has learned.
Announced internally on December 10 in a series of meetings held in detachments across the province, the decision will see 129 officers and eight civilian staff re-assigned to other units, including organized crime, anti-terrorism and drugs, according to an internal email obtained by the Star.
Breaking up a stand-alone unit devoted to investigating complex and difficult cases has financial crime experts worrying that fraud and money laundering activity will increase.
“It just won’t work,” said Garry Clement, former director of the RCMP proceeds of crime unit. “The RCMP, in my view, has sort of lost sight of the fact that taking on financial crime requires a very high degree of expertise.”
Sigh. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Good luck with that Ontario. I wonder if Rich Coleman advised on that decision…
Anyways, go read Sams amazing story linked to in the beginning. And he has an excellent tweet thread here if you need the coles notes while you are at work.