Loto-Quebec Tackles New Casino Crime Wave - August 2021
Loto-Quebec finally seems to have found a solution to the casino crime wave that has been sweeping the province. Recently, there have been several criminal undertakings occurring at local casino properties.
Just last week, the government released a report by an external auditing company. The main aim of the report is to provide authorities with guidelines and strategies on how best to deal with possible criminal activities in the future.
The organisation has had a challenging year as the Crown corporation has been hit hard by the global health crisis. Casino properties throughout Quebec were forced to shut their doors for extended periods of time, which caused a massive dip in revenue. In the last financial year, the corporation had achieved revenue totalling CA$457.6 million, which is roughly one third of the revenue of the previous year.
Thankfully, good news seems to be on the horizon. One week ago, the province announced that certain businesses would be allowed to open once more, and casinos are included in this round of re-openings.
The audit was officially concluded at the end of last week. At the time, Quebec’s provincial government said that some of the audit’s recommendations would definitely be implemented. The finance minister stated that the current measures being implemented by Loto-Quebec are solid and reliable. He continued by saying that the criminal activities that have been brought about by the media reflect past events and are not an indication of what is currently at play in the industry.
However, Quebec’s government has said that it will be adopting the policies and processes required to ban players who are profiled as high-risk. The Crown agency will be entitled to cancel these players’ memberships in casino loyalty programs and remove the points that they have accumulated. In addition to this, the corporation will be given greater authority to conduct detailed background checks on certain patrons.
The province of Quebec has agreed to improve on its information-sharing between the agency and the police. This agreement includes the exchanging of information about any potential money-laundering schemes and organised crime groups. Some of the audit’s recommendations have already been implemented.
The Crown agency has also announced that it is determined to find the best protocols to help fight against money laundering in every way, shape or form over the course of the next few months.