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HomeBusinessExclusive: Security company at Paul King Jin’s gym quietly closes

Exclusive: Security company at Paul King Jin’s gym quietly closes

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Bob Mackin

A Richmond security company related to alleged money launderer Paul King Jin has quietly shut down.

Blackcore director Jamie Flynn in the company’s YouTube ad (Blackcore.ca)

Blackcore Security and Investigations was incorporated last spring by Jin’s son Jesse Xin Jia and two others at Jin’s World Champion Club. The NDP government licensed Blackcore in early July. The company released a Mandarin-voiced YouTube ad with English captions that self-proclaimed Blackcore the “#1 Security Company in Canada.”

On Nov. 4, the Blackcore website and Facebook and Instagram pages were inactive. The Google directory said the business in the gym at the south foot of No. 5 Road had “permanently closed.”

There was no answer at the Blackcore phone number. Blackcore partners Trevor Carroll and Jamie Flynn did not respond to requests for comment.

The company has been under a provincial licence review since the government’s August-filed civil forfeiture lawsuit, which aims to seize the gym from Jin for allegedly using proceeds of crime to buy the property. Jin has yet to file a statement of defence in the case.

As of Nov. 5, the Security Programs Division database showed Blackcore retains a valid licence. The Solicitor General Ministry told theBreaker.news on Nov. 4 that the licence review continues.

However, a source familiar with Jin and his business said Blackcore closed because negative attention meant it never really got off the ground.

Meanwhile, Jin’s name has been mentioned frequently during the Cullen Commission public inquiry on money laundering in B.C., which resumed Oct. 26. 

Paul King Jin (BCLC/Cullen Commission)

B.C. Lottery Corp. anti-money laundering program manager Daryl Tottenham testified Nov. 4 about Jin’s large cash deliveries to River Rock and other casinos, despite his 2012 ban.

Tottenham said Jin supplied cash to whale gambler Jia Gui Gao, whom he described as B.C.’s “top dog” gambler in 2014.

In 2017, theBreaker.news reported that Jin and Gao were defendants in a mortgage company’s lawsuit over an $8.2 million British Properties mansion. The filing referenced a 2015 Jin lawsuit against Gao for $2.3 million. Jin alleged Gao spent the sum on gambling and women instead of real estate development.

In his testimony, Tottenham described another high roller, Kwok Chung Tam, as Jin’s boss. Tam is a kingpin of the Big Circle Boys gang.

Tottenham also said gambler Guo Tai Shi received a $150,000 delivery from Jin at Starlight Casino in Queensborough.

Guo’s Lower Mainland real estate portfolio includes a farmland mansion on No. 5 Road in Richmond and Abode Island in West Vancouver’s Eagle Harbour.

On Nov. 5, Commissioner Austin Cullen ruled on an application from Jin’s lawyer, granting him status to participate in the public hearing, question witnesses and make submissions, “but only insofar as it relates to evidence that affects his interests or engages him specifically.” 

Commission Counsel Brock Martland told theBreaker.news that no decision has been made whether to call Jin as a witness. 

Jin suffered facial cuts from bullet-shattered glass on Sept. 18 at the Manzo Japanese restaurant in Richmond where Jian Jun Zhu was murdered. Jin and Zhu were implicated in the Silver International underground bank case, which collapsed on a technicality in late 2018. One of the vehicles at the crime scene was a black van that matched one in Blackcore’s YouTube ad. 

In August 2019, theBreaker.news exclusively reported that NDP Tourism Minister Lisa Beare hosted a news conference at Jin’s gym and posed in a group photo with him. World Champion Club has hosted training sessions for China’s Olympic boxing team.

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