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B.C.'s money-laundering inquiry sets dates for new witnesses

One of the new witnesses will be Ross Alderson, the former director of Anti-Money Laundering at the BCLC.
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Austin Cullen, of the Cullen Inquiry into money-laundering in B.C.

The Cullen Inquiry into money-laundering in B.C. has announced new dates to hear evidence from additional witnesses

The inquiry – which ran from October 2020 to May this year – will reconvene Sept 9 and 10 to hear from Ross Alderson, the former director of Anti-Money Laundering at the BCLC.

A few days later, on Sept. 13 and 14, the inquiry is set to hear from Bob Boyle, of Ernst & Young, the author of two expert reports that were furnished by BCLC to the inquiry near the end of the evidentiary hearings this year.

And on Oct. 15 and 18 and 19, the inquiry will hear closing oral submissions by those who have participated in the inquiry thus far.

The inquiry commissioner’s final report is due to be submitted to the provincial government by Dec. 15, 2021.

The report was due in May, but the commission was granted an extension by the government, due to last fall’s provincial election.

The government appointed Austin Cullen, a B.C. Supreme Court justice, in May 2019 to conduct an independent public inquiry into money-laundering after three reports outlined how hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal cash affected the province's real estate, luxury vehicle and gaming sectors.