The British Columbia government waited until the Ides of March to file a B.C. Supreme Court action aimed at clawing back millions of dollars of dirty money from an alleged money launderer and his family.
The Director of Civil Forfeiture’s March 15 claim against Paul King Jin also names Jin’s wife Xiaoqi Wei, niece Yuanyan Jia, Jin’s father and Jia’s grandfather Gong Ping Jia and Jin’s mother Hua Wang, and Ming Kang Ye. The province wants to scoop the $4.86 million of Jin’s money, plus cars, casino chips, cell phones, luggage, jewelry, electronics, cards and gambling equipment held by the Seized Property Management Directorate of Public Works and Government Services Canada.
“Mr. Jin has a criminal record with convictions for aggravated assault, sexual assault and sexual exploitation,” said the filing by government lawyer Michael Lawless.
In 2015, Jin had been banned from all B.C. gambling establishments because of large suspicious currency transactions in B.C. casinos. The court documents claim Jin and associates are connected to 140 casino transactions totalling $23.5 million.
It alleges that Jin and Wei “attended on numerous occasions with suitcases and bags containing large sums of currency derived from unlawful activity” at the Silver International underground bank in Richmond. RCMP saw Jin, from April to October 2015, traveling between Silver International, his property on Jones Road, the Water Cube massage parlour and his address on Brighouse Way with suitcases, boxes and bags containing large amounts of cash.
Jin, the civil forfeiture filing claims, was running illegal casinos at 13511 No. 4 Road and 102-5131 Brighouse Way. The latter was registered in Wei’s name. The filing said he profited to the tune of $32 million from June 11, 2015 to Oct. 8, 2015. He received almost $27 million from and deposited $101,000 to Silver International between June and October 2015, but Jin and Wei reported a combined income ranging from $22,372 to $81,000 between 2011 and 2014.
The filing alleges Jin laundered dirty money to buy four properties in Richmond, a 2013 Cadillac Escalade and a 2013 Bentley Continental GT.
The criminal case against Silver International and its principals, Caixuan Qin and Jian Jun Zhu, collapsed last November and the charges stayed when federal prosecutors errantly exposed the name of an informant. A trial had been scheduled to begin in January.
None of the allegations has been tested in court. Jin has three weeks to file a defence statement.
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