B.C Lottery faces money laundering allegations

VANCOUVER, B.C. – British Columbia’s Lottery Corporation was rocked by a scandal this week which saw allegations of money laundering and a security breach on its new online gambling website.

B.C. Lottery Corporation(BCLC)was fined $600,000 by the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) for 1,200 violations related to money laundering. FINTRAC disclosed 556 cases of money laundering in 2008-2009 at casinos in Canada.

BCLC is already reeling from the failed Thursday launch of North America’s first government-run online casino.

In a statement to the press, BCLC blamed “high player volumes” for its faltering site and said a security review found no evidence of hacking.

BCLC explained the faltering site in more detail in an email to account holders just after the site was launched. The email said that heavy traffic had overloaded the site and that some players details were visible on other players accounts. Information that was shown included other players personal details, their account balance and their daily spend.

Published: July 21, 2010

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