In what the BCLC is trying to spin as a “data crossover“, the accounts of well over 100 punters were wide open to other players “who were also online at the time”, it admits.
But this isn’t the first mess that’s landed squarely on the BCLC’s doorstep.
The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) hit the crown corporation with a $670,000 fine for allegedly misfiling more than 1,000 reports of $10,000 transactions at its offline casinos.
Now “money laundering” and “terrorist financing” have been thrown into the equation.
“B.C.’s Liberals are suckling so greedily at the teats of their gambling cash cow that they’re helping criminals destroy our communities”, writes Ethan Baron in The Province.
A November FINTRAC report found 20% of “money laundering and terrorist financing cases uncovered in Canada in 2008-09 occurred in casinos”, says the story, going on >>>
All 112 cases involved money laundering, with five of them linked to “terrorist-activity financing and/or threats to the security of Canada,” the report says. Half of the cases involved laundering of drug-trade profits, and a fifth of them were conducted by organized criminals, including biker gangs, street gangs and “traditional” international criminal gangs.
“In nearly 70 per cent of casino cases, money launderers used cash from crime to buy chips, which, after ‘minimal play,’ they turned in for a casino cheque”, says The Province, adding:
“This results in providing an air of legitimacy as to the source of the funds,” the report says.
Meanwhile, BCLC vice-president Kevin Gass has tried to rotate the debacle as “good news”.
“Due to tremendous interest and traffic associated with the launch of casino games on PlayNow.com on July 15th, BCLC servers experienced load issues causing what is technically referred to as a ‘data crossover’,” said a BCLC puff piece.
Now, “It was tremendous customer response — that’s the good news” Gass told Jonathan Fowlie in the Vancouver Sun.
“There was tremendous traffic and that seemed to cause a technical problem … That should not have happened but it did.”
… and identi.ca
data crossover – Giant BC government gaming screw-up, July 21, 2010
The Province – Lax BCLC reporting lets criminals flourish, July 21, 2010
Vancouver Sun – Five days late, the truth about a security breach emerges, July 21, 2010
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