More details are rolling in on money laundering at the River Rock casino in British Columbia. A “top dog” gambler is said to have gambled with CA$1.1 million ($840k).
The perpetrator, who has connections with drug cartels, used in low denomination banknotes. The Cullen Commission is hot on the trail of such criminal activity. It is zeroing in on high roller, Jia Gui Gao.
The testimony of Daryl Tottenham, manager of the BC Lottery Corp’s anti-money laundering division, revealed that Gao is an associate of suspected money-launderer Paul King Jin. Jin has been the target of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation, called Operation E-Pirate. Billions may be involved across British Columbia casinos.
Apparently, in October of 2014, Jin supplied Gao with $300K during a clandestine meeting in the casino parking lot. An underground bank, Silver International, is also involved in the money laundering, accepting cash from drug cartels and criminal gangs. A network of Chinese banks completed the dirty deal.
Jin was seen traveling between Silver’s offices and various locations with “suitcases, boxes, and bags containing large amounts of cash” In October of 2015. The global intelligence community, the Vancouver Model,” has been apprised of the prevalence of such incidents.
Involved in Silver’s illegal operations are Jian Jun Zhu and his wife, Caixuan Qin. Both faced prosecution in 2018. It was a major money lau7ndering case in Canada, but it fell apart due to potential risk to a key police informant.
This past September, Jin and Zhu were at the Manzo Itamae Japanese restaurant in Richmond when an unknown attacker shot Zhu. Jin was also shot, in the face, but survived.
According to Tottenham, Jin’s boss was a convicted drugs trafficker named Kwok Chung Tam. He is the alleged kingpin of the Big Circle Boys, a notorious Chinese crime syndicate.
Back in 2000, Tam was arrested for heroin trafficking, but a judge found the wiretap evidence inadmissible. Tam was subject to deportation proceedings for a time, and his current whereabouts are unknown.
Jin, who has recovered from the botched hit, is likely to be charged with a crime. He and his family have meanwhile been the subject of legal proceedings by the province’s Civil Forfeiture Office.