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Crackdown on Crime at Casino

31 May 2004

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Australian Associated Press: ``Victoria Police will boost its specialist crime-fighting casino squad to crack down on money laundering at Melbourne's Crown Casino by organised crime figures.

``...Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said police had new powers and would have extra resources to stamp out organised crime at the casino.

```I think that as part of the future, (the Casino Squad) will get additional resources and they have recently gotten better powers in dealing with money laundering.'

``...The Casino Squad monitors criminal activity at the casino including counterfeit money and chips, corruption among casino workers, and observes criminal trends.

``...In April this year, Ms Nixon banned underworld figures Carl Williams and Dominic "Mick" Gatto from entering the casino under the Casino Control Act..."

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