A man suspected of being a "high roller" and international money launderer has been arrested in Richmond.
Police say Dan Bui Shun Jin was issued a deportation order for his alleged criminal activities abroad on Wednesday at a hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board and ordered held in detention until his departure.
RCMP say a warrant has been issued in the United States for Jin's arrest for alleged fraud of over $1.4 million from the state of Nevada and they also say he is suspected of laundering $855 million through Australian casinos.
They say Jin was temporarily living at the River Rock Casino and was arrested May 25, a few days after he arrived in the province.
More than $75,000 was seized from him and a search warrant was executed at his hotel room, which RCMP say provided investigators with documents of Jin's alleged involvement in money laundering and a recent money movement scheme through the Vancouver International Airport
RCMP say the money movement scheme involved a money courier, a female traveller visiting from the U.S., who was referred for examination by CBSA border services officers after she brought $25,000 cash from Las Vegas to Richmond.
The female was directed to pick up bulk cash from an unidentified male in a parking lot in Las Vegas, then tasked with delivering that money to Jin at the River Rock Casino, RCMP said in a statement.
The multi-faceted police operation consisted of intelligence gathering and assessment by investigators into alleged money laundering activity under investigation by international law enforcement partners.
Jin is being investigated for money laundering in Australia, United States, Macau and Singapore, RCMP say.
RCMP in BC’s Federal Policing Program in conjunction with the Canada Border Services Agency, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team, and British Columbia Lottery Corporation security worked together to act on intelligence and prevent Jin from allegedly using B.C. casinos as a conduit for illicit transactions, Mounties said.