|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.