Money Laundering and other illegal activities in casinos became a common thing for the last time. Many internationally known casinos are under investigation for money laundering and illicit actions. Macau Casino is not an exception on the list. Now that the investigation is fulfilled and the investigation has been conducted in two venues, Macau Casino, that is in Washington State will have to pay $1.25 million to officials under the agreement which was signed recently. The agreement was regarding the Gambling Commission to cover inquiry costs/
As mentioned before, the official authorities have conducted an investigation into two properties. Those are Macau Casino’s Tukwila and Lakewood. The commission has discovered several alleged cases of money laundering as well as loansharking.
The complaints regarding the money laundering and other illicit activities have been documented in 2016. That is the period when the investigation process began. The complaints have been made recently similar to this case, but the mentioned two properties had already a lot on their account.
There have not been many comments made regarding this specific subject, though Dave Trujillo, was the one who briefly touched the issue and addressed to the solution. Dave Trujillo is the Washington State Gambling Commission, Director. In his statement, he mentioned that this example of penalty will be sending a proper and efficient message to those who are individually involved in the investigation, or even the other companies that operate in the industry.
He has also highlighted the further measures that might be taken into action in order to prevent criminal activities in the State’s casinos and properties.
The details of the investigation contained the full picture of the criminal activity. The picture included a 45-year-old lady bringing huge bags filled with the $20 bills to the casino. Afterward, she gave those bags to one of her co-conspirators. This was made with the purpose of buying-in on games.
LoanShaking Cases With The Vulnerable Players
“They would play for a brief period of time before cashing out for $100 bills,” the commission’s statement adds. “The suspect also loaned cash and chips to casino patrons and charged exorbitant interest rates on the loans.”
The employee targeted players and employees who “clearly had gambling problems. Many of them were earning minimum wage and struggled just to pay the monthly or weekly interest (10 – 15%) owed on the loans,” the statement claimed.
The commission further alleged the suspect, her 27-year-old boyfriend, and other associates used “fear tactics and threatened violence in order to collect on debts.”
The case was taken to the public by KOMO. Komo is the Seattle – based radio station. The report stated that high-interest loans were proposed to over 100 players as well as to the casino workers. The case was publicized in March of this year.
The scheme also led to the alleged laundering of $1.5 million via the casino, KOMO has added further.
Coming out of the case that was pictured by KOMO, the female employee will be charged with unlawful debts, money laundering and use of extortionate means to collect the credits. The same applies to another actor of the illicit crime, her boyfriend. This was defined in the statement.
The radio station KOMO has also reported that authorities searched the female employee’s residence. They have found some of the luxury items in her property. The luxury items included fancy car, jewels, big-screen TVs, fancy handbags, smartphones, tablets, and gaming platforms.
It was further mentioned by the station authority that they have located more than$45,000 in cash. The money was further seized.
As a result of the evidence, venue owners were barred from taking part in gambling in Washington State in the future. The commission also revoked licenses from seven public cardroom employees. Revocations of licenses for four additional employees are still pending.
Macau Is Not Alone, Several Other Cases Have Been Reported
There have been some other cases of theft, alleged card switching, reported in other properties in Washington State.
The case was reported in a Shoreline Casino. This theft happened in September. A recent alleged crime was convicted by a thief who stole$13,000 from a Shoreline, Washington casino after he crawled to an unlocked safe.
September is not only known with this particular case, but another crime happened in Also, in Pasco’s Crazy Moose Casino. The casino lost over $38,000 to Frederick Nolan — a card player who allegedly improperly switched cards at least 38 times over several weeks — while playing high card flush. In September, the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office charged Nolan with first-degree theft and second-degree cheating.
The last year was also full of surprises with The Crazy Moose incidents allegedly took place between Dec. 9, 2018, and Jan. 18, 2019. The total loss to the casino was approximately $38,335.