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BC money laundering report got extension to June 3 after COVID-19 delays

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VANCOUVER — The deadline for the final report of British Columbia’s public inquiry into money laundering has been extended until June 3.

The B.C. government said in a statement that the submission of the report was previously due May 20, but the extension is the result of several members of the Cullen Commission’s investigative team contracting the COVID-19.

Commissioner Austin Cullen said members of his team have since recovered, are in good health and are working on the report.

Cullen himself did not contract COVID-19.

The province announced the investigation in 2019 after a series of reports to the government revealed what the commission called “extraordinary” levels of money laundering in the real estate, casino, racing horses and luxury cars, fueled in part by the drug trade.

The inquiry heard from around 200 witnesses in hearings that began in May 2020.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 6, 2022.

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