New Brunswick RCMP is looking for an individual who recently stole cash from Grey Rock Casino on Madawaska Maliseet First Nation and called for public assistance. This is in relation to an incident from October 7, 2023, at around 10 p.m. when a male entered the casino and attempted to exchange a voucher for money but instead grabbed the money and ran away.
Further details on the incident released by the Saint-Léonard RCMP are that when the cashier was counting the money, the individuals grabbed it and took off. It remains unclear with what sum of stolen money the culprit ran away with. Police are still looking for the perpetrator and calling for help from the public to find him.
Perpetrator Still Missing
Police authorities are now seeking public assistance and they have released surveillance footage photos from the casino’s security cameras. They are hopeful that someone may be able to identify the man. The wanted man is around six feet or 183 centimetres tall and he wore a blue ball cap, a beige sweater, blue jeans, and black shoes. He fled the scene in a white SUV.
Law enforcement is urging everyone with information on the robbery or who recognizes the individual in the photos to contact the Saint-Léonard RCMP at 506-473-3137. Individuals can also provide information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca. The investigation continues.
Winnipeg Intervenes with Money Laundering Attempts
Earlier this month, Winnipeg RCMP revealed that a local man trafficked drugs into remote First Nations communities and then tried to launder massive illegal proceeds via casinos in the city. Police revealed that a while back it was contacted by the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries about some suspicious activity happening at Winning gaming properties.
Tara Seel, a media relations officer with the Manitoba RCMP, shared the culprit was bringing large amounts of cash into casinos, buying gambling chips with it, and then cashing the chips out, as a means of covering the connection to criminal activity. The total amount of the money was not disclosed to the public but it is believed to be a large figure.
Previous Casino Related Crimes
Meanwhile, in September 2023, Canada heard that 45-year-old Yuan Wang has been served a suspended sentence and probation for three years over charges of a number of gambling-related scams. She was allegedly involved in a series of schemes at several gambling halls in Ontario and Quebec in the summer of 2018, and even at Fallsview Casino Resort, in Niagara Falls.
Her defrauding attempts included a casino patron sending one of the casinos a copy of a bank draft from the National Bank of Canada. The property would verify the drafts, and at that time a person pretending to be a bank employee would confirm the documents were authentic. These funds would be then deposited and the individual then withdraw it from the casino in chips and cash.
Source: Heudes, Jennifer “N.B. RCMP asking for public’s help after theft at Grey Rock Casino” CTV News Atlantic, October 23, 2023