Canadian Police May Lack Resources to Tackle Money Laundering, Investigator Says

By Daniel Bethencourt

Impending changes to how police in Toronto investigate organized crime could delay new, large-scale money laundering cases by several months, an investigator warned. Steve Harten, who joined an anti-financial crime division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada's largest city last year, said during a Sept. 17 webinar hosted by The AML Shop, a Toronto-based consultancy, that in the coming months, the agency will stop pursuing cases against organized crime independently from those against suspects involved in illicit finance. The current strategy has led to an overlap of cases and takedowns of only minor cash couriers and drug middlemen...