How they have washed their dirty money

Félix Séguin

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It is through a kind of “world bank’s crime,” that the bikers and the criminal underworld of Quebec have been able to launder a sum of narcodollars amounting in the nine figures.

Photo Agence QMI, Maxime DelandFrançois-Olivier
Myette Investigator at RCMP

The royal Canadian mounted police (RCMP) gave details to give the vertigo, yesterday, on the international network of money laundering that its police officers have dismantled Monday in the transaction Collector.

“I can tell you that it is in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” said the principal investigator of this project, François-Olivier Myette, speaking of wads of money that the organized crime in quebec has assigned to this network since 2013.

The Hells Angels and five factions mafia from diverse backgrounds have benefited from what the RCMP has compared to a “banking system on the sly” to wash his millions from criminal activities or to pay producers of drugs in Colombia, Mexico or China.

Headquarters in Dubai

Each week, the officers observed mail from Montreal with suitcases stuffed with $ 250,000 to $ 1 million to go to the “file” in the exchange offices in Toronto.

But they are complicit in Dubai, where recyclers had substantial capital, of which “a large majority” came from Iran, which orchestraient the transfer of funds in exchange for generous commissions.

The RCMP seized$ 8.7 Million in cash during the transaction Collector.

“It is as if you put the money in your left pocket and you come out then your right pocket “, has imaged the sergeant Myette, suggesting that the network relied on financiers with pockets full of cash to the four corners of the globe.

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The leaders of canada’s network will, however, be punished where it hurts : in their large train of life and their savings from tax evasion and laundered funds.

The federal police and the Canada revenue Agency have seized or blocked seven homes and four bank accounts with a value totaling nearly $ 23 million. Properties that could be confiscated for the benefit of the State.

This photo of the mill shows a mail montreal network carrying a suitcase full of money to launder.

A castle of$7 Million

The harvest includes the castle of $ 7 million to the leader of ontario’s network, Nader Gramian-Nik, and the condo in Laval of the head alleged of the organization in Quebec, Mohamad Jaber.

The RCMP has also asked for $ 8.7 million in cash and $ 2.2 million in drugs.

“When we attack to their money, we hit them in their motivation to commit crimes. These are not people like you and me who get up in the morning to come to work and pay their taxes, ” said the superintendent Martine Fontaine, in charge of criminal operations for the RCMP.

The police have confiscated narcotics with a value of$ 2.2 Million, of which 15 kg of hashish.

The investigation is continuing and other arrests could be added to the score of Monday.

The Journal has learned, inter alia, that the police are interested in an obscure businessman who paid cash for a condo with $ 400,000 in a tower near the Bell Centre, in 2017, and who has rented his house in Laval, the alleged number two in the quebec network of money launderers, Kamel Ghaddar.