The Anti-Corruption Commission has found a huge amount of wealth of casino kingpin Salim Prodhan, including seven companies in Thailand.
His seven companies include Pradhan Global Trading, Asia United Entertainment and Toma Home Pattaya, among others.
The commission also found evidence of illegal transactions in Bangkok Bank and Siam Commercial Bank in Bangkok by Salim Prodhan, said ACC director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee on Monday.
He said that the investigators also have information that Salim Prodhan, who allegedly used to play casino at the Monte Carlo resort in Las Vegas, has a large amount of illegal deposit in JPMorgan Chase Bank in the United States.
The record of Salim Prodhan’s buying casino chips worth crores of taka from the resort is now in the hands of the ACC, he said, adding that Salim also purchased casino equipment and brought it to Bangladesh.
The commission’s Anti-Money Laundering Unit sent Mutual Legal Assistance Requests to several countries including the United States, Singapore, Japan and
Thailand to collect official records from the country about his transactions, Pranab said.
The ACC officials said that there is information of transactions of Tk 61 crore in 11 months in a savings account of the Motijheel branch of Prime Bank. The ACC did not get any specific source of this money.
ACC commissioner Mozammel Haque Khan at a press conference on Monday told reporters that all the assets of Salim Pradhan were seized earlier and his around 50 bank accounts were frozen for the sake of investigation.
‘It would not be appropriate to disclose further during the investigation into money laundering by Selim Pradhan. The source of the money has not been identified till now. But the casino business can be a source of this money,’ he added.
Earlier, the Criminal Investigation Department of police submitted a charge-sheet against Salim Prodhan and his five associates on September 24 over laundering of Tk 13 crore abroad.
The CID also found a luxury villa in Thailand and nine other businesses that belong to the online casino kingpin.
On September 30, 2019, Salim Prodhan was arrested from a Bangkok-bound Thai Airways flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on charge of running online casino business.
Later, a mobile court of the RAB sentenced Salim to six months› imprisonment for illegal possession of deer hides which was found in his house along with other illegal items.
On October 27, 2019, the ACC filed a case against Salim Prodhan on charge of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 12.27 crore.
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