A photo released by the B.C. Attorney General's office showing money laundering at a B.C. Casino (File photo(B.C. attorney general)

A photo released by the B.C. Attorney General’s office showing money laundering at a B.C. Casino (File photo CBC/B.C. attorney general)

The B.C. Government is asking for the public’s help in tracking down dirty money in horse racing, real estate and luxury cars.

The Ministry of the Attorney General announced Sunday that they have launched a secure and anonymous tip portal for the public to use.

The portal comes following investigative journalism and provincial reports discovering significant money laundering at B.C. Casinos.

In June 2018 the Peter German report on anti-money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos was released. Following this work, in September 2018, the Province launched two subsequent probes into money laundering in the real estate sector.

German is now seeking information and submissions from British Columbians describing:

  • connections between organized crime and money laundering in the horse racing and luxury car industries
  •  money laundering in the real estate sector connected to criminal enterprises in B.C. or elsewhere, including analysis of the extent of the problem
  • the use of lawyers’ trust accounts to mask sources of funds in real estate transactions
  • money laundering in the construction industry, including abuse of builders’ liens
  • any other conduct in which there may be an identifiable link between organized crime and real estate transactions in B.C.

“British Columbians want their government to crack down on money laundering, wherever it takes place. We agree and we also believe that British Columbians can help,” said David Eby, Attorney General in a statement.

The tip portal can be found here, Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2019.