A former top executive at the British Columbia lottery company said he received a high-level briefing on suspicious cash activity in provincial casinos with possible links to organized crime on his first day at work.

Robert Kroeker testified during the public money laundering investigation that the briefing in September 2015 contained the results of a corporate security document.

The former RCMP officer was fired as Vice President of Corporate Compliance at Crown Corporation in 2019.

Kroeker says the document concluded that lottery officials appeared to be unwilling to allay police concerns about suspicious money and its possible links to organized crime because of the possible failure if the information were released.

The province appointed British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen to lead the public investigation into money laundering in 2019 after three reports uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit cash affecting the province’s real estate, luxury vehicle and gaming sectors affected.

Kroeker, who is also an attorney and a former architect of the BC Civil Foreclosure Bureau, has testified during the investigation for the past two days.