Robert Kroeker, Vice President of corporate compliance with British Columbia Lottery, has stepped down.
Kroeker’s resignation comes months after the gambling regulator confirmed that they would be investigating allegations of facilitating money laundering by asking staff to “ease up” on anti-money-laundering measures and “allow dirty money to flow into casinos,” against its V.P. of corporate compliance.
While the B.C. Lottery confirmed last week that Kroeker has left the organization, they did not provide any reason as to why he did so.
Casinos in British Columbia have been infamous for allowing money-laundering activities.
Earlier in May, it was announced that a team of experts headed by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen would inquire into the money laundering activities plaguing the casino and gambling industry.
British Columbia’s River Rock Casino had been embroiled in a money laundering controversy, earlier this year. However, investigating a case of alleged Money Laundering against the River Rock Casinos, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation said that it found “no systematic pattern of money-laundering activity” concerning the cheques sent by the River Rock Casino in Richmond.
Moreover, according to a report from the Vancouver Sun, “in the fiscal year 2017-18, 1,040 mystery shops found 636, or 61 percent, of retailers, failed to ask for I.D. And in the 2018-19 fiscal year, 701 mystery shops caught 451, or 56 percent, of retailers who failed to ask, for a three-year total of 1,659 retailers.”