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The former cage boss at Crown Perth says his department could have done more to flag suspicious online transactions made into a company-controlled account believed to be used in money launderingincluding Arviat.

David Brown, who until September 2020 was Crown Perth’s general manager of cage and account, on Tuesday faced a grilling at the Perth Casino Royal Commission over his responsibilities – and that of his team – to spot and reporting suspicious online transactions.

At the centre of Tuesday’s questioning were a number of telegraphic payments made into Crown Perth’s Riverbank account between 2013 and 2015, which Mr Brown acknowledged “looked suspicious” in hindsight.

Camera IconThe Perth Casino Royal Commission was established to decide if the operation is fit to hold a gambling licence. Tony McDonough Credit: News Corp Australia

The alleged suspicious payments, which the inquiry heard were mostly from overseas, were cash deposits under the $10,000 threshold requiring oversight from the casino’s cage and account supervisors.

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