Police are said to have flagged the win as suspicious.
Do they mean that the Hells Angels run the lottery is Australia??
A bankrupt and imprisoned Australian Hells Angel has somehow won a million-dollar lottery ticket. Reginald "Reg" Roberts scooped the AU$1.33m (£749,996) jackpot despite having been remanded in custody thanks to police allegations that he is linked to a plot to illegally import 313kg of crystal meth to South Oz. In addition, …
"Buying" a ticket is a classic money laundry method.
I remember the days when the lottery tickets (especially the mid-tier ones, as they attracted less attention) fetched up to 4x their winnings in Eastern Europe and Russia. AFAIK the "use case" is quite prevalent in other countries like Spain, Italy, etc as well.
You have an honest winning ticket for $1000, con man offer to give you $4000 for it. You get more $$$$, he gets to keep $1000 of clean money and regards the rest of $3000 he paid you as the cost of laundering an illicitly gained $4000 into a clean $1000.
Or you could put $4000 into a London bank and have a clean $4000.
I'm not sure why you got a downvote for this, apart from assuming that a bank wouldn't charge as many fees as possible on any transaction. For what it's worth HSBC were charging approximately 20% to launder money.
Of course, HSBC got caught and got fined $1.9 billion, which sounds harsh, until you realise that all charges were dropped in exchange for just five weeks worth of profits. Too big to fail and too big to jail.
You really should define acronyms like that. I had to look "FOBT" up. I guess you didn't mean "Faecal Occult Blood Test", but "Fixed Odds Betting Terminal", though I could be wrong. I've programmed computers for pathology labs, and gambling machines, and I'd not heard either term before. I guess you could "feed in cash" to someone, extract it again during a Faecal Occult Blood Test, and 20% losses sounds about right, but I wouldn't be calling that "clean" or "laundered" money.
As Sherlock says, you'll be wanting no shit.
Very true. If I'm going to be hanging out at a bar, it'll be one of theirs going back to 1980. A disproportionate number of them are fellow veterans, they are all technologically literate and extensively use computers. That last dates back to when they formed ABATE, their lobbying against strict helmet laws. Lots to talk about and I like the company.
"Now for the life of me I can't say if it ever got deployment or was only used as a prototype.
There are at least a couple that patrol the A1 trunk road around the Newcastle
are of NE England. I' assume that means there are many more around.
IIRC they are BMW, not Honda and the towing trailer unit is a marvel of
engineering and origami, folding back up when not in use so it looks more
like a large backrest for the rider.
"There was a Goldwing with a folding trailer - to act as breakdown rescue to make sure motorways are flowing."
That reminds me of the day I saw a big road bike driving past, with a small kids sized motorbike strapped to it. Not sure if that was an emergency bike in case the big one broke down, or it was being delivered somewhere.
It was a very long time ago, early '80s, and to be honest, now that you ask me, I can't recall if it was my 250 CC dirt bike (Yamaha or Honda, I had a slightly bigger road bike at the time, one of each brand, not sure which was which) or my mates 750 (Honda I think). He had the power, but I had the traction, I've climbed up near vertical rock walls on it. It wasn't towed very far, just had to be moved several meters to the left, and no one had a car handy. It was the oversized caravan type mobile home. Wasn't moving fast enough to get enough momentum going to overcome friction when we cut it loose, it just ground to a stop fairly quickly.
Back to towing 313 kg of meth in a diplomatic bag, I have no idea how much space that occupies, so may need something bigger than a bike trailer. How big do they make diplomatic bags?
...but is there actually a legal way to import 313kg of crystal meth anywhere?
While there might be questions asked for 313kg of crystal meth, I'm pretty sure most pharmaceutical companies can obtain permits to import/export quantities of illegal substances for research and/or other legitimate purposes.
> That reminds me of the day I saw a big road bike driving past, with a small kids sized motorbike strapped to it.
You thought you did. But what you actually saw was the mating dance of the Greater Touring Motorcycle (Enfieldus triumphans), in which the smaller male mounts ... Ooops, NSFW, sorry.
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