You’d expect your elected officials to be honest and reputable. As many politicians in Illinois have shown us, that isn’t always the case. And north of the border in Canada, Rob Ford isn’t exactly making Toronto look like the world’s moral compass.
As much as people love to make fun of Rob Ford, he hasn’t done anything illegal when it comes to money. Yes, he’s smoked crack. He’s admitted to it. If I lived in the Great White North, I wouldn’t support Rob Ford. But from what I gather from my Canadian friends, he hasn’t stolen money from the taxpayers.
I’m not exactly sure what’s going on in BC though. A Burnaby councilor is being investigated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation for suspicious activities involving chip passing. According to an investigation, a high roller passed $100,000 in chips to municipal councilor Richard Chang.
I’m not suggesting this money is stolen. Nor am I implying that Chang has even taken a penny from the taxpayers. But moving money in this fashion is questionable and illegal.
Chip passing isn’t new to Chang. He received a 6-month ban from British Columbia casinos in 2011 for passing chips. He argued that he was holding the money for an elderly friend, but the ban stuck anyway.
There have been allegations that Chang is a loan shark, which isn’t good news considering Chang happens to be a member of Burnaby’s community policing committee.
Chip passing is frowned upon in pretty much all casinos around the world because it’s deemed as money laundering. It happens, but the eye in the sky does its best to catch people and prosecute them accordingly.
The same practice is banned at online casinos like Prism Casino. While you can’t physically pass chips, criminals could attempt to move money in and out through deposit and withdrawals. But we have systems in place to prevent that. Remember, online casinos don’t work with cash. In Vegas, you can hit the cashier, anonymously, and drop $50,000 on the counter. Then an hour later you (or someone else) could exchange that $50,000 back for cash. There’s no trace.
But online? Deposits and withdrawals of that nature with no play at the tables or slots are scrutinized. What’s more, you can’t create an account without verifying your identity. We have these mechanisms in place for our protection, for player protection, and because we want to do everything we can to keep criminals away from our industry.
We’re not sure if land-based casinos will ever employ stricter methods to keep chip passers at bay, but we’d love to hear from you if you they’re doing enough. Drop us a line and let us know or connect with us on Facebook.