Black money pumped in through casinos: Mickky

PTI, PANAJI | 11 December 2012 19:25 IST

Goa's former Tourism Minister Fransisco Miccky Pacheco has alleged that off shore casinos were sheltering hawala rackets in the state.

"Money is transacted in these casinos through hawala. The black money is pumped in through these gambling dens as there is no control of government over them," Pacheco told reporters yesterday.

The Goa Vikas Party legislator said that he had discussed this issue with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as it is of serious concern.

Goa has five off shore casinos operating in Panaji. Pacheco alleged that state government has absolutely no control over the functioning of these casinos, which siphon off the money looting the state exchequer.

The legislator claimed that the casino operators fudge the number of visitors and evade the entry fee, which is payable to the state government.

"Similar is the case with the entertainment tax. They show doctored records so that they have to pay only 20% of the actual tax," Pacheco alleged.

The legislator claimed that the off shore casino operators have cheated the government of thousands of crores of rupees.

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Since this is coming from a former Tourism Minister, it needs to be thoroughly investigated and the truth needs to be found out.

Goa cannot afford to lose any income after mining episode. Nobody knows when mining it will start again.

If they do not pay proper fees/taxes, they should be shunted out of Goa.

- Francisco G. Lourenco, London | 12 th December 2012 14:57

 

Looks like Mickky Pacheco has forgotten he has been trying to cheat /extort from the Majorda Beach Resort Casino Manager and has a Court Case Pending.

Perhaps we will hear a lot more as soon as Mickky is Jialed on 13th Dec 2012.

- N.Fernandes, London | 11 th December 2012 20:31

 

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