Ohio Report for Thursday, April 17, 2014

Casino ‘Smurfing' Bill Bogged Down In Internet Cafe Debate

A proposal designed to fight money laundering at Ohio casinos has broad support from law enforcement groups but has been in limbo for months due to an inter-chamber dispute over so-called Internet cafes.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission last year pushed for legislation (SB 141*) to hike penalties on "structured transactions" or "smurfing," the criminal technique of taking ill-gotten money, buying credits at casinos and then cashing out while avoiding the $10,000 threshold that requires casinos to report such activities to authorities.

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