Niagara Entertainment, the registered operator of Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagra Falls, Ontario, has been issued an order of monetary penalty totalling CA$70,000.
The registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario issued the order after the venue was found to have failed to meet requirements in place to minimse the risk of unlawful activity, including money laundering, at the gaming site.
According to the AGCO, in April 2023, a patron attended the Salon Privé at the Fallsview Casino Resort and presented $80,000 in strapped $100 bills from a reusable grocery bag. Surveillance showed that once the money was counted and confirmed, the patron left the table with casino chips without playing at that time. Despite having previously identified the player as ‘high risk,’ the casino failed to notify the AGCO and on-site police of this transaction as required.
The casino operator also failed to take any meaningful steps to ascertain and corroborate the patron’s source of funds, as is required by anti-money laundering rules set out in the Registrar’s Standards for Gaming.
A registered gaming operator served with an Order of Monetary Penalty by the AGCO has the right to appeal the registrar’s action to the Licence Appeal Tribunal, an adjudicative tribunal independent of the AGCO and part of Tribunals Ontario.