Sam Cooper, The Vancouver Sun

Sam Cooper

The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Contact Sam

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

Recent:
  • Unknown
Past:
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • TheStarPhoenix.com
  • The Windsor Star
  • The Province
  • 24 hours Vancouver
  • National Post
  • Edmonton Journal
  • The Montreal Gazette

Past articles by Sam:

B.C. Law Society citation alleges Richmond lawyer issued a 'criminal rate' loan

A Richmond lawyer used his private mortgage corporation to arrange a "criminal rate" loan agreement, a B.C. Law Society investigation alleges. → Read More

B.C. court ruling foreshadows flood of litigation, forced sales involving Chinese home ownerships, lawyer says

A student who owned a multi-million dollar Vancouver home has won a B.C. Supreme Court judgment forcing the sale of up to four Vancouver properties, in a complex case that foreshadows a flood of sales and litigation in Vancouver’s wild market, a real estate lawyer says. → Read More

Confidential report: Anti-money-laundering measures will significantly reduce BCLC casino revenue

A confidential report commissioned by B.C. Lottery Corp. estimates that B.C. casinos could lose up to $88 million in revenue each year if the government bans large cash transactions by VIP gamblers at high-limit betting tables. → Read More

Massive BCLC casino cheque payouts were mostly returned funds

The majority of big-money cheques issued to B.C. Lottery Corp. high-rollers in 2016, including a $2.4 million return of funds, were not for gambling wins, according to a Postmedia News analysis of patron gaming accounts used by VIP gamblers. → Read More

Last-minute settlement ends court battle over Chinese bistro proceeds

A court battle involving a Chinese bistro and allegations of “siphoning” cash proceeds and “systematic tax evasion” against a wealthy offshore investor and a prominent … → Read More

B.C. Budget 2018: B.C. NDP increases and extends housing taxes in effort to rein in speculation

Premier John Horgan’s NDP government has taken steps to tamp down speculation in B.C. real estate by imposing a new speculation tax and increasing the foreign buyers tax to 20 per cent.Both m… → Read More

River Rock Casino's top VIP hostess no longer at the casino following de-registration

Gao was responsible for overseeing table play in River Rock’s exclusive “VIP Privé Program.” → Read More

BCLC staff unable to properly use $7-million, anti-money-laundering software program

In the middle of a money-laundering crisis, B.C. Lottery Corp. analysts are stuck manually digging for data on risky gamblers and large transactions because of problems with a new, $7.3-million, an… → Read More

River Rock VIP host investigated for alleged anti-money-laundering violations

B.C.’s gaming regulator has revoked the registration of River Rock Casino’s director of VIP gambler relations after an investigation into allegations of “third-party cash buy-ins&… → Read More

Chinese developer took $2.68-million cash loan in Richmond coffee shop, legal filings allege

Paul King Jin, the B.C. Lottery Corp.-banned lender at the centre of an investigation into alleged transnational money laundering in B.C. casinos, claims that he delivered a $2.68-million cash loan… → Read More

Casino workers' union stunned by BCLC's $500,000 freedom of information search fee

A union that requested B.C. Lottery Corporation records concerning anti-money laundering compliance at casinos including River Rock in Richmond, is prepared to challenge a “prohibitively high… → Read More

Panel finds West Vancouver realtor committed professional misconduct

One of B.C.’s top realtors deceived a client by telling him he wouldn’t be presented a full-price offer for his home unless he paid $100,000 to another realtor as a bonus, a Real Estate… → Read More

B.C.'s top slot machine players rake in millions in jackpots, review shows

A review of gamblers placing massive bets in B.C. Lottery Corp. casino slot machines has raised concerns about the “effectiveness and/or existence of controls to monitor slots for money laundering,” documents obtained by Postmedia News show. Documents say a B.C. gaming policy and enforcement branch review of BCLC slot machine play was triggered by the […] → Read More

Documents points to $5,000-chip problems at River Rock Casino

A flood of $5,000 chips that disappeared from River Rock Casino raised concerns about public safety and an alleged underground economy connected to illegal casinos in Richmond, according to documents obtained by Postmedia News. The documents, which are redacted to protect police investigations, were released to Postmedia in the third phase of a freedom of […] → Read More

Richmond lawyer claims trust-fund cash laundered through B.C. casino

Richmond real estate lawyer Hong Guo says Chinese police have charged two of her former employees in connection to the disappearance of about $7.5 million that Guo alleges was stolen from her firm’s trust account, laundered through B.C. Lottery Corp. casino accounts, and transferred to China in the form of casino chips. At a press […] → Read More

'More to come' on money laundering allegations, B.C. attorney general says

Attorney General David Eby says he was stunned by internal briefings about the alleged reach of transnational organized crime groups into B.C. casinos. In a speech Friday at an anti-corruption conference in Vancouver, Eby said he could not reveal details of his concerns because of the continuing police investigations. But he gave new indications of how […] → Read More

'More to come' on money laundering allegations, B.C. attorney general says

Attorney General David Eby says he was stunned by internal briefings about the alleged reach of transnational organized crime groups into B.C. casinos. In a speech Friday at an anti-corruption conference in Vancouver, Eby said he could not reveal details of his concerns because of the continuing police investigations. But he gave new indications of how […] → Read More

River Rock Casino files court challenge of document release to Postmedia

The corporation that operates River Rock Casino in Richmond has filed a last-minute court action seeking to block the release to Postmedia News of government documents concerning allegations of money laundering in B.C. casinos. The documents were scheduled to be disclosed to Postmedia on Tuesday under B.C.’s freedom of information laws. However, a petition filed by […] → Read More

River Rock Casino files court challenge of document release to Postmedia

The corporation that operates River Rock Casino in Richmond has filed a last-minute court action seeking to block the release to Postmedia News of government documents concerning allegations of money laundering in B.C. casinos. The documents were scheduled to be disclosed to Postmedia on Tuesday under B.C.’s freedom of information laws. However, a petition filed by […] → Read More

River Rock Casino files court challenge of document release to Postmedia

The corporation that operates River Rock Casino in Richmond has filed a last-minute court action seeking to block the release to Postmedia News of government documents concerning allegations of money laundering in B.C. casinos. The documents were scheduled to be disclosed to Postmedia on Tuesday under B.C.’s freedom of information laws. However, a petition filed by […] → Read More