Wednesday, October 21, 2009

B.C. not really interested in preventing gambling crime

Sean Holman offers an extraordinary police perspective on the government's lack of interest in dealing with the crimes associated with casinos and gambling today.

"The former commander of British Columbia's now-defunct integrated illegal gaming enforcement team is questioning the provincial government's commitment to "meaningful" illegal gaming investigations. Speaking exclusively with Public Eye, Fred Pinnock also described the RCMP's senior management in British Columbia as demonstrating "willful blindness" when it comes to the connection between illegal gaming and organized crime. And he said his provincially-funded RCMP team should have been expanded - not shutdown.

Mr. Pinnock, who retired as a staff sergeant in September 2008 after 29 years with the force, acknowledged airing his concerns will make him "unpopular with some of my former colleagues."

But he felt compelled to do so - in part, because he believes his team should have been keeping tabs on what happens inside legal gaming facilities rather than just cracking down on illegal gaming outside those facilities."

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Anonymous said...

Is expanded gambling just a way of 'taxing' the laundering of drug and crime money? The $999.99 daily limit isn't for the occasional gambler or even the 'addicted' ones who are already in financial trouble. Just asking?

Gazetteer said...


Is not the limit actually 9,999.99 in our clean, well-lighted online places to launder money?


Anonymous said...

OOOOPS Missed a nine. Sorry everyone. But isn't it a wonderful way to launder ill gotten gains?

DPL said...

The SG is telling us all today in the T/C that everything is under control

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