RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – The owner of the River Rock Casino is responding to accusations that the venue doesn’t do everything it can to fight money laundering.
In a statement out today, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation paints itself as “a responsible gaming operator.”
Last month, two men were accused of laundering millions; the accusations stemmed from the RCMP’s Operation E Pirate, much of which apparently happened in the Richmond casino.
“Our ongoing monitoring and reporting to BCLC was, in fact, crucial to identifying these individuals to authorities. We are pleased that charges have been laid as an outcome of our collaborative work with BCLC and law enforcement,” says Great Canadian president and CEO Rod N. Baker in the statement.
The statement goes on to say the company “follows all procedures required by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC)” and that it routinely goes above and beyond regulatory obligations.
It points to it “investing between $300,000 and $400,000 each year to continuously upgrade our surveillance systems. In 2014 we invested $3 million as part of a comprehensive system upgrade.”
The company adds it does not believe as of right now that it is being looked into as part of any money laundering investigations and “shares a strong commitment to preventing inappropriate and illegal activities from occurring in our facilities.”
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation operates 22 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in BC, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Washington state.