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British Columbia Government Starts Legal Action against Alleged Money Launderer

The head of Canadian civil forfeiture has started legal action against an international casino player who had allegedly been involved in a money laundering scheme in order to get the casino chips confiscated from the player to the government of British Columbia.

According to documents on the matter, obtained by Postmedia News, the lawsuit against Dan Bai Shun Jin was filed on June 13th. The legal action seeks for the chips worth CA$75,000 which were confiscated from the money launderer in May 2018, to be returned to the Canadian province.

As previously revealed by Casino Reports, the Richmond-based River Rock Casino has been once again linked to a suspected money laundering case. On May 25th, Jin was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) only a day after the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) arrested a woman who arrived at the Vancouver International Airport. She was carrying US$20,000 with her, with the money allegedly intended for the casino player.

As revealed by the British Columbiaโ€™s government, the arrest warrant was issued from the state of Nevada and regarded an alleged fraud in the US which was worth US$1.4 million and involved the participation of Mr. Jin. According to the lawsuit filed against him, the player was in possession of the chips in question plus of the amount of US$805.

The RCMP searched Jinโ€™s room at the River Rock Casino on May 26th and found some documents linked to other criminal proceedings which involved the player on the territory of Australia. In addition, other documents, which associated Mr. Jin to the importation of the US$20,000 in question into Canada were also found by Police.

Jin Likely to Be Involved in Massive Money Laundering Scheme

Now, the Director of the Canadian civil forfeiture claims that the casino chips and money found in Mr. Jin at the time of the arrest are proceeds and instruments used for illegal activity.

According to the allegations of the recently-filed lawsuit, both the casino chips and money found had been used by the player for him to engage in unlawful activities which either resulted in or were likely to result in the acquisition of property, or interest in property, or were likely to lead to serious bodily harm. The court documents say that the alleged crimes faced by Mr. Jin include money laundering, failure to pay income tax, as well as possession of proceeds of crime.

The defendant had no sufficient legitimate income which would have allowed him to acquire the money or the casino chips in question.

Currently, Mr. Jin is being held in immigration detention, with his deportation pending. He has not yet filed any response to the forfeiture lawsuit.

Recently, the competent authorities in Canada have been concerned about the efficiency of the new anti-money laundering measures. What is more, recently, a large number of investigations in several countries, including the US and Australia have been carried out. According to information revealed in Australian court documents, Mr. Jin could be involved in a massive casino-based money laundering scheme not only in Australia but also on the territory of the US, Singapore, and Macau.