Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Money Laundering, Criminal Cash in OZ Real Estate

A Plague Exits in Australia...Chinese Criminal Cash Buying Up Real Estate

Criminal Money Entering Canada,The Money Then Laundered in Real Estate

Call it what it is...Money Laundering From China. This BC Premier knows but wont say who it is. She wasn't voted back.

Anti-gang cops arrest nine following year-long probe into illegal gambling

Anti-gang cops arrest nine following year-long probe into illegal gambling
Published on: June 13, 2017
A year-long investigation by B.C.’s anti-gang task force involving millions of illegally laundered money and illegal gaming houses in Metro Vancouver has led to the arrest of nine people.
Nine people have been arrested by B.C.’s anti-gang task force after a year-long investigation involving illegal gambling houses and millions of dollars in laundered money in Metro Vancouver.
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In May 2016, an integrated unit within the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit started a probe into a criminal organization allegedly operating illegal gambling houses, loan sharking, carrying out money laundering for drug traffickers, kidnappings, extortions and other violent acts.
“During the investigation, it was apparent there were multiple roles filled by different people (who) enabled or facilitated the organization in laundering large amounts of money through casinos,” said CFSEU Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett at a news conference Tuesday at RCMP “E” Division headquarters in Surrey.
Hackett pegged the amount of money laundered into the “millions.” He declined to name any of the casinos, but said they are all in the Lower Mainland.
The investigation by the joint illegal gambling investigation team also uncovered that the Lower Mainland-based organized crime group had operations that extended to China, he said.
A search of six homes led to the seizure of cash, drug paraphernalia, cellphones, computers, and a number of luxury vehicles, including one that had a sophisticated hidden compartment. Some of the items seized — stacks of bills in clear plastic bags, scales and bill-counters — were on display at the news conference. 
The suspects have not been charged but face possible charges of money laundering, drug trafficking and proceeds of crime. They are not in custody. None of them were employed by the casinos.
Peter Goudron, executive director of the B.C. Gaming Industry Association, said it is concerned by the CFSEU’s assertion that large amounts of money were laundered through casinos. 
“Given the robust (anti-money laundering) procedures in place at B.C. casinos we are unaware how this could have taken place and expect to learn more about their allegations in the near future,” he said in a statement. 
The association said B.C. casinos are required to report any cash buy-in over $10,000 and all suspicious transactions to the B.C. Lottery Corporation and Fintrac, Canada’s money-laundering watchdog.
The task force also executed a raid Monday night at an illegal gambling house in Richmond believed to be associated with the group, said Hackett. About three or four such venues were uncovered during the investigation. Some of them were located in homes. 

B.C.’s anti-gang task force shows off some of the money they seized at the RCMP ‘E’ Division headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday.
B.C.’s anti-gang task force shows off some of the money they seized at the RCMP ‘E’ Division headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday. JASON PAYNE / PNG

Illegal gambling, money laundering and loan sharking are lucrative sources of income for organized crime groups, said Hackett, warning people who use loan sharks or money launderers that the money they receive from these underground sources are often from illegal activity and fund criminals and their operations. 
The creation of the joint illegal gambling investigation team was announced in April 2016 by then-Finance Minister Michael de Jong. Its mandate was to crack down on illegal gambling and money laundering in casinos and illegal gambling houses by high-level crime groups. 
The unit includes investigators from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. and investigators from the provincial gaming policy and enforcement branch. Seventy per cent of its funding come from the B.C. Lottery Corp. 
At the height of this operation, about 200 people were working on the case.

Busy year for cash seizures by Canadian Border Services


Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers seized $38,060 from a Middle East-bound traveller at the Calgary International Airport on Jan. 15.

Busy year for cash seizures by Canadian Border Services

Officials at Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) customs posts in airports and border crossings have had a busy time in the past few months seizing large amounts of undeclared and dodgy cash.
Travellers are allowed to carry as much cash or monetary goods as they want, but anything worth over $10,000 Canadian must be declared.
This is so the CBSA can report it to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FinTrac), which attempts to track funds destined for terrorist or criminal enterprises.
In the latest incident border agents seized almost $38,000 from a man leaving from Calgary International Airport en route to the Middle East
In answering routine questions from agents, the man said he was carrying $9,000.  Sent for secondary inspection, they found $18,000 in his clothing and carry-on, and another $20,000 in checked baggage.
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Picture of counterfeit U.S. $100 bills found hidden in a shipment at the Edmonton International Airport. December 11, 2014. © Canada Border Services Agency
Agents said the man had a low level of income in comparison to the large sum of cash in his possession, and was unable to demonstrate to officers that he had legitimately obtained the money,
The money, all in Canadian $20 bills was seized under the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act.
The man is not under arrest, and police continue their investigation as to whether any charges will be laid.
On June 1 2014, officials carrying out routine questioning of outbound passengers at the Edmonton Airport in Alberta seized almost $68,000 in cash.
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Nearly $68,000 in currency seized by CBSA officers at the Edmonton International Airport. June 5, 2014.© Supplied by the Canada Border Services Agency
The traveller said he was carrying $20,000, but when sent for secondary inspection, they found $67,840 hidden in pockets and carry-on suitcase.
Most of the money was Canadian$20, $50  and $100 bills, but there was also Lebanese, Euros, and American cash.
Because the cash wasn’t declared it was seized as suspected proceeds of crime.
Also at the Edmonton Airport, a shipment of fake US bills was seized on December 2. 2014
Inspectors examining a courier shipment from Nigeria to an address in Edmonton found a magazine with the American currency hidden between the magazine’s pages.
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CBSA investigates after man was found to be carrying $84,000 worth of undeclared U.S. and Canadian bills. The money was seized on December 8 at Calgary airport © Canada Border Services Agency
Closer examination showed the US $100 bills did not have the necessary security features in them. The fake bills totalling $397,000 were turned over to the RCMP.
This came on the heels of warnings about fake US bills in the area after several had been cashed at Edmonton businesses starting a couple of months earlier in October.
On December 8 at the Calgary International Airport, a man who claimed he was carrying $2,000 was later found to have the equivalent of $84,439.  As he was unable to demonstrate to CBSA agents that he had obtained the money legitimately, the cash was seized as suspected proceeds of crime with no terms of release
Every year, tens of millions of dollars is seized at Canadian entry/exit points. As an example, from April 2011 to June 2012, over $15 million in cash was seized at Vancouver airport alone, from travelers from China.  In June 2012, a Chinese passenger came in with $177,495.00 in undeclared money. It was seized but after investigation, most was returned, minus a $2,500 fine for not declaring the cash.  Typically Canadian fines range from $250- to $2,500.
Canada is a popular destination for those concerned about security in their own countries because unlike the United States, travellers are likely to get their money back after paying a fine.  Those caught trying to smuggle cash into the United States, face the possibility of stiffer fines, up to $500,000 and up to 10 years in prison.  Also in the US, the smuggled money is confiscated and not returned.

China-linked gang laundered “millions” through BC casinos

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China-linked gang laundered “millions” through BC casinos

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Canadian casinos are not having the greatest week, dealing with money laundering and the unauthorized public release of private customer data.
On Tuesday, British Columbia authorities announced the arrest of nine suspects in a widespread criminal enterprise that allegedly laundered millions of dollars through local casinos. Police have yet to indicate which casinos are involved but did say that none of the arrested suspects are casino employees.
The criminal gang, which has links to mainland China, stands accused of everything from money laundering to extortion to loan sharking to operating its own illegal gambling operations. The arrests followed a lengthy investigation that began in May 2016.
BC Gaming Industry Association exec director Peter Goudron expressed surprise at the scale of the money laundering allegations, telling the Vancouver Sun that “given the robust [anti-money laundering] procedures in place at BC casinos we are unaware how this could have taken place.”
Goudron’s befuddlement is curious, given that the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has been repeatedly criticized for taking a Mr. Magoo approach to observing its AML responsibilities, a somewhat standard reaction whenever a state-run entity is tasked with both operating and regulating gambling services.
Ironically, the investigation that resulted in Tuesday’s arrests was started just one month after the BC government announced the formation of a Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team to replace the enforcement agency the BC government shut down in 2009 to save a whole C$1m in annual costs (a pittance, given BCLC earned profits of C$1.31b in its most recent fiscal year).
The timing of Tuesday’s bust is awkward, given that BCLC’s corporate security & compliance division is scheduled to give an “improvisational comedy” routine at next week’s Canadian Gaming Summit to “change the perception of their role” in BC’s gaming industry.
CASINO CUSTOMER DATA LEAKED ONLINE
Across the border in Alberta, the Cowboys Casino in Calgary has warned its customers that unknown hackers have leaked their personal information online, and more is expected to hit the digital airwaves in the coming weeks.
Cowboys reported its internal servers being hacked in June 2016, leading to the digital theft of personal data – including the gambling habits of the casino’s “elite members” – belonging to 14,294 customers and staff.
At the time, the casino’s management alerted customers and the provincial privacy commissioner regarding the intrusion, but warned that it was powerless to stop the thieves from making the information public.
This week, a tranche of this data was posted to the Pastebin data-sharing service, along with a note accusing Cowboys Casino’s digital security of being “non-existent.” The author(s) of the note claimed to have warned the casino of their lax security ahead of the heist but this warning “was ignored for over a year.” The note said more data would be released in three subsequent batches unless the casino fixed its “security holes.”
Cowboys isn’t the only Canadian casino to have been targeted in this fashion. Last year also saw Ontario’s Casino Rama fall victim to a similar heist-and-post scheme. That case also featured hackers claiming to be acting in good faith to expose the lax security at gaming venues.

China Is Fueling a Drug War Against the US and Canada- Why the silence where its coming from?

China Is Fueling a 
Drug War Against
the US and Canada

Behind the illicit flow of drugs into the United States and the violence waged in Latin America by criminal cartels, the Chinese regime is hard at work. For drug cartels and narcoterrorist groups, the Chinese regime has become the leading source of synthetic drugs and precursors for drugs like methamphetamine, and a leading source for the weapons used by those in the drug business.
Many of these drugs are wreaking havoc on the bodies and minds of users and their communities—with some causing long-term psychotic behavior, and others linked to overdose and death.
For example there are more than 150 publicly listed Chinese chemical companies selling the drug alpha-PVP, also known as “flakka,” according to New York Times. Flakka is replacing cocaine use in Florida, and has been the cause of at least 18 deaths and numerous bizarre arrests in the state.
As for methamphetamine, a 2012 national survey found there are an estimated 1.2 million users in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Side effects of the drug include “significant anxiety” and violent behavior, and “psychotic symptoms can sometimes last for months or years.”
These drugs, and many others like them, have a critical feature in common: they, or the otherwise controlled chemicals used to make them, originate in China—and for years Chinese regulators have shown little interest in helping stem the flow.
“The Chinese role is that of a facilitator to Mexican and Latin American organized crime activities,” said Dr. Robert J. Bunker, adjunct research professor at the U.S. Army War College, in an email interview.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has found its way into both legitimate and underworld markets in Latin America, according to Bunker. “Combine these with their linkages to pariah regimes in the region, such as Venezuela, and their interactions with Hezbollah and Iranian operatives,” Bunker said, “and we end up with a ‘Star War’s Bar’ type of scenario.”
In the famous bar scene from the 1977 film, the character Obi-Wan Kenobi says, “you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
It’s a situation, Bunker said, where the Chinese regime “via its sizeable number of corrupt officials—many with organized crime linkages—will basically sell anything, or provide any kind of service at this point to make a profit: weapons, precursor drugs, cloned goods, gambling, and money laundering.”

A ‘Drug Warfare’ Drug War

There is more to the drug war than meets the eye. “Recent Chinese doctrine articulates the use of a wide spectrum of warfare against its adversaries, including the United States,” according to an Oct. 13, 2014, report from U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
“Drug warfare” is one piece of this “wide spectrum of warfare,” the report states, noting that it ties to a broader Chinese military strategy meant to “destabilize an adversary.” It falls under the umbrella of “culture warfare,” which is an unconventional warfare strategy meant to decay the moral fabric of a rival nation, and thereby weaken it.
For communist regimes including the CCP, the use of drug warfare against their adversaries isn’t anything new. In his book, “Red Cocaine,” last updated in 1999, former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence Joseph D. Douglass detailed the history of the strategy.
He writes communist regimes “have been using narcotics for several decades as a decisive weapon in the ongoing low-level warfare they are waging against Western civilization,” and adds, “During the five years to 1990, for instance, data and other source testimony were forthcoming linking almost every Communist country to drug trafficking.”
The strategy was exposed many times over by high-level officials defecting from the Soviet Union—including Czech defector Gen. Jan Sejna. Its use was also detailed in the Stalin-era “The Communist Manual of Instructions on Psychopolitical Warfare,” which can now be found in the public domain.
Drug warfare was used by the British during the Opium Wars against China in the 19th century, which led to China ceding control of Hong Kong to British rule in 1841, and later helped lead to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in 1912.
For the CCP’s founder, Mao Tse-tung, opium was a weapon to be used in his efforts to gain control over China. Douglass writes that in 1928 Mao instructed one of his subordinates, Tan Chen-lin, to “begin cultivating opium on a grand scale.” This was a push both to gain needed supplies and to drug noncommunist states.
After the CCP established its control, Douglass wrote, “opium production was nationalized and trafficking of narcotics, targeted against non-Communist states, became a formal activity of the new Communist state.”
That “formal activity” never ended—despite being exposed by separate investigations in Japan and the United States in 1951.
But today, the drug warfare that in the past was done in a cloak and dagger fashion is now done openly.

Feeding the Epidemic

For drug cartels, China is the main source of precursor chemicals, including ephedrine and pseudoephedrine used to make the drug methamphetamine. It is also the main source of other synthetic drugs, many of which can be ordered online directly from Chinese laboratories. Most synthetic drugs are difficult to categorize—and to regulate—because Chinese labs change their chemical makeup to dodge U.S. laws.
The use and addiction to methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs is growing in the United States—since they’re often inexpensive, easy to get, and can mimic the effects of other drugs on the market. There are synthetic clones of just about every illegal drug on the market.
While the CCP has arrested some groups selling the drugs on their own soil, according to PBS, the drugs for exports are still “being manufactured in the open.”
A drug addict prepares a needle to inject himself with heroin in front of a church in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles on April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A drug addict prepares a needle to inject himself with heroin in front of a church in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles on April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The CCP’s policy on these chemicals has allowed illegal drugs to thrive abroad. Mexican cartels produce more than 90 percent of the methamphetamine used in the United States, and 80 percent of that same methamphetamine is produced using ingredients from China, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“China has become the top supplier to Mexican traffickers due to loose regulations on its chemical manufacturing and export industry,” a Drug Enforcement Administration official told Stars and Stripes.
The traffickers produce methamphetamine using up to 30 chemical ingredients—many of which are produced under tight regulations in the United States and elsewhere—but in China, only one of those 30 chemicals is regulated, according to Stars and Stripes.
Mexico has tried cooperating with the Chinese regime to stem the flow of drug ingredients, but were told Mexico would have to deal with it themselves. Jorge Guajardo, Mexico’s former ambassador to China, told The New York Times “In all my time there, the Chinese never showed any willingness to cooperate on stemming the flow of precursors into Mexico.”
Brazilian political commentator and author of “The Latin America Axis of Evil and the New World Order” (O Eixo do Mal Latino-Americano e a Nova Ordem Mundial), Dr. Heitor De Paola, said in an email interview that the drugs are used for the purpose of drug warfare in Latin America, not just by the CCP, but by other communist groups as well.
On the government side, he said the practice is used by some national leaders who are part of the far-left Foro de São Paulo political conferences, as well as by narcoterror groups like FARC, and far-left “social movements” that double as guerrilla organizations.
The drugs are used, he said, “as a way of stimulating the drug addiction inside the target countries’ youth,” in order to accomplish political goals of the communist groups. Some of the groups, such as FARC, will also exchange the drugs for weapons.

The Origin of Illicit Firearms

The CCP’s support of Latin American drug traffickers, however, doesn’t end with just supplying the synthetic drugs and ingredients.
The main source of illegal firearms in Mexico is also China, “through the black market,” according to a report from Dr. R. Evan Ellis, an associate professor of national security studies in the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.
A problem with sourcing, Ellis stated, is that Chinese weapons are often smuggled into Mexico through the United States. His claim was backed by Luis Villegas Meléndez, a military commander in Mexico, who stated in 2008 that Chinese and Russian firearms were being smuggled across the U.S. border into Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Mexican marines escort five alleged drug traffickers of the Zetas drug cartel in front seized grenades, firearms, cocaine and military uniforms in Mexico City on June 9, 2011. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican marines escort five alleged drug traffickers of the Zetas drug cartel in front seized grenades, firearms, cocaine and military uniforms in Mexico City on June 9, 2011. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
“Chinese-manufactured grenades and other military items have been seized in Puebla and elsewhere in Mexico,” Ellis stated, yet added that it’s still unclear whether the drug cartels are buying the weapons from Chinese criminal groups, or directly from Chinese companies.
The Mexican drug cartels aren’t the only illicit recipients of the weapons either, according to a Nov. 5 report from the US-China Economic Security Review Commission.
The CCP supplies weapons directly and indirectly to groups that are “otherwise largely isolated for political reasons,” it states. Recipients of Chinese weapons range from the governments of Cuba and Venezuela, to FARC rebels in Colombia.
The proliferation of Chinese weapons in the region is a bit of a conundrum. The report states, “At the region-wide level, the degree to which Chinese state-owned arms suppliers such as Norinco take steps to ensure their weapons are not diverted to the black market is not clear.”
The CCP has fired back at accusations, claiming the sale of weapons to narcoterrorist organizations is “illegal under Chinese law,” but as the report notes, this claim is little more than hot air.
“Through means described by China’s government as legitimate,” the report states, Chinese-made arms have been found on their way to rebel groups in Colombia and South Sudan as recently as March.
Roger J. Chin, a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University said criminal organizations are exploiting the nature of globalization, and that it is no longer just a local problem, but instead something global “with direct national security implications.”
Robert Bunker said the problems demonstrate the thinking behind Chinese business in the region. “If narcoterror in Latin America should be promoted as an outcome of such Chinese policies,” he said, “their response is ‘So be it.'”