Many news outlets are now reporting that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in his live-in girlfriend’s home country of the Philippines in the week before he unleashed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, according to multiple senior law enforcement officials. But while officials have confirmed that Marilou Danley was in the Philippines on Sunday when Paddock opened fire on a crowd attending a country music festival on the Vegas Strip, it was not known whether the money was for her, her family, or another purpose.
Sources: In recent months, #LasVegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock sent tens of thousands of dollars to someone in the Philippines.
— Mike Levine (@MLevineReports) October 2, 2017
Marilou Danley lived with Paddock until recently. He also traveled with her to visit her family in the Philippines:
She’ll be arriving back on U.S. soil next Wedensday to be questioned. Investigators will have plenty to ask the woman who could have clues to why Paddock committed the largest mass murder in American history.
“MAJOR THREAD OF SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR”
As authorities pick apart the life of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, they have come across one major thread of suspicious behavior: how he handled his money.
Paddock’s recent financial transactions have become a key focus for investigators looking to learn more about the Nevada man and why he launched the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
As ABC News first reported Monday, Paddock recently sent tens of thousands of dollars to someone in the Philippines, where his girlfriend was at the time of the attack, and authorities are still trying to determine who received that money, sources familiar with the matter said.
In the last three years alone, more than 200 reports about Paddock’s activities, particularly large transactions at casinos, have been filed with law enforcement authorities, ABC News was told.
While some of the reports centered around “suspicious activity,” many were “currency transaction reports,” which casinos are required to file with the Treasury Department when a person withdraws or deposits more than $10,000 in cash.
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