Money Laundering Allegations in Australian through Pokies
By staff
Millions of dollars are being laundered through poker machines in Sydney clubs. Revelations of this shadowy down-underworld came with a tip-off from a ‘well placed industry insider’ and are currently being investigated by the Department of Gaming and Racing.

The alleged scam involves several people operating as loan sharks and money launderers in the clubs. The money launderers approach gamblers after a big win on the clubs' gaming machines and offer them cash on the spot. This avoids the gambler's wait for the club to issue a cheque for the winnings, as required for more than $1000.

The insider suggests one person alone has been paid millions of dollars in poker machine winnings over recent years, and questions how managements could not notice. The complaint also alleged a man who recently appeared in court on drug-related charges was a regular at one of the clubs.

The money laundering allegations come in the middle of the stand-off between clubs and the State Government over increases in poker machine tax.

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