Authorities Suspect Money Laundering Took Place at SkyCity Auckland

Authorities normally keep a watchful eye on local casinos, as they suspect that criminals congregate at these gambling venues. Their reason for this is that criminals often choose to launder money at casinos, since there is already so much money passing hands between players, dealers and the casino itself. This week, it was discovered that a local meth manufacturer may have been playing at SkyCity casino in order to launder money, and local police are investigating the issue.

Roy Allan Duncan, well-known drug manufacturer, is a VIP player at SkyCity casino in Auckland. Over the years, he and his wife have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the venue – and police have reason to doubt that their winnings were genuine.

According to police reports, Duncan used a popular method for money laundering. He would deposit money into a poker machine and cancel the transaction before wagering on the game. As a result, he would receive his money back; however, it was not his money that he would receive. Since he received a cash out ticket, his ‘winnings’ consisted of other players’ deposits – successfully laundering his own money.

Duncan disputes these claims. He states that he is simply an experienced gambler who knows how to win at pokies. Unfortunately for him, this defence is unlikely to hold up in court, as new digital technology makes it impossible to predict the outcome of modern-day pokies.

DIA To Investigate NZ High Rollers

High rollers are gamblers that spend millions of dollars at local casinos, and local gambling operators enjoy their patronage. However, the Department of Internal Affairs is not as pleased, believing that there is the possibility that money laundering and other crimes are taking place in local casinos.

The DIA has noticed a trend, which sees Asian gamblers spending very little time in New Zealand while gambling millions of dollars. While there is no proof that their activities are illegal, the authorities still believe that the activities need to be investigated.

“You have to stress that you don’t know if there was money laundering,” says the DIA’s Maarten Quivooy. “But, I think we need to get a little smarter about understanding these patterns of casino use and ensuring they are appropriate.”

Recently, New Zealand and Australian casinos have become the target of various types of fraud – from cashing bad cheques at the local casino to seeing gamblers spending stolen money. So, it is not entirely out of the question that money laundering is taking place. The team will spend the next few months investigating high roller transactions at local New Zealand casinos, and the results are sure to be very interesting.