Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway was recently the focus of a court case involving money laundering, with one customer facing stiff penalties for his actions. Christopher Anderson, a resident of Olathe, Kansas pleaded guilty in court to charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and commit money laundering with tactics that involved the casino’s slot machines.
Anderson stated that along with several other individuals, they used the casino to launder over $470,000 in cash. Anderson and his cohorts would use the slot machines of the Kansas City casino, depositing bills in the machines and then cash out without playing. The group worked to convert the small bills into larger denominations, then transported the cash to California.
During his guilty plea, Anderson admitted that he was part of an organization based in California that would cultivate marijuana and then transport the product to Kansas City to distribute. The organization started out using buckets and basketballs to transport the marijuana and soon began using cars to move their illicit cargo. Anderson now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison as well as a fine for as much as $500,000 for the money laundering charge. A sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines could be handed down for the drug distribution charge.