The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) found a huge amount of wealth including seven companies in Thailand owned by online casino kingpin Salim Prodhan.
The anti-graft body found the existence of the seven companies, including Pradhan Global Trading, Asia United Entertainment and Toma Home Pattaya, owned by Salim Prodhan in Thailand.The ACC has also found evidence of illegal transactions carried out by Salim Prodhan in Bangkok Bank and Siam Commercial Bank.
The investigators also found information that Salim Prodhan, who allegedly used to play casino at the Monte Carlo resort in Las Vegas on a regular basis, has made a large amount of illegal transactions in JPMorgan Chase Bank in the United States.
The record of Salim Prodhan buying casino chips worth crores of taka from the resort is now in the hands of the ACC. He purchased casino playing equipment and brought those to Bangladesh.
The commission’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Unit sent Mutual Legal Assistance Request (MLAR) to several countries including the United States, Singapore, Japan and Thailand to collect official records from the countries to prove the case with documents.
ACC officials said there is information of transactions of Tk 61 crore in 11 months in a savings account of Motijheel branch of Prime Bank. The ACC did not get a specific source of this money.
ACC Commissioner Dr Mozammel Haque Khan on Monday told reporters that “All the wealth of Salim Pradhan are now seized and around 50 banks accounts of Salim Prodhan were froze for the sake of investigation.”“It would not be appropriate to indicate the amount laundered by Selim Pradhan until the investigation is complete. The source of the money has not been identified till now. But the casino business can be a source of this money.”
Mozammel Haque also said a charge sheet would be presented before the commission after finishing the probe.
MLAR were sent to several countries including USA and Thailand following international legal proceedings to recover the laundered money, he added.
Meanwhile, the national anti-graft agency also has received surprising information in its analysis of Salim Prodhan's loans from banks in Bangladesh.
During the investigation of the case, ACC seized more than 50 bank accounts of Salim Prodhan.
Besides, through sending letters, necessary records have been collected from 76 institutions of the country. The ACC has also collected the income tax documents of Salim Prodhan.
Earlier, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police submitted a charge-sheet against Salim Prodhan and his five associates on September 24 over the laundering of Tk 13 crore.
The CID also found a luxury villa in Thailand and nine other businesses that belong to the online casino kingpin.
Salim Prodhan was arrested from a Bangkok-bound Thai Airways flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on September 30 last year on charges of running online casino business.
Later that night, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided his office and residence in Gulshan and arrested his associates Akhtaruzzaman, Roman and Masum.
The elite force also seized 48 bottles of foreign liquor, Tk 28 lakh in cash, foreign currencies of 23 countries worth around Tk 77 lakh, 12 passports, 32 cheque books of 13 banks, one large server used for operating online gambling, four laptops and two deer hides.
A mobile court of the RAB also sentenced Salim to six months' imprisonment for illegal possession of the deer hides.
On October 27 last year, ACC filed a case against Salim Prodhan on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 12.27 crore.
Salim Prodhan is the chairman of a business group named "Prodhan Group". This group has a sister concern named “P24 Gaming” and the website of this company contains information on casino and online casino business.