15 arrested as gambling den busted at foreign company in HCMC

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Tran Van Quan at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Quoc Thang/VnExpress Tran Van Quan at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Quoc Thang/VnExpress

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Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested 15 people allegedly for organizing gambling at a foreign shoemaking factory in Thu Duc District, including several security guards, and have impoverished many workers.
Among the arrestees is Tran Van Quan, a guard at Freetrend Company, who has been alleged of being the kingpin of the gang operating at the Hong Kong – China venture in Linh Trung 2 Industrial Park. Quan is facing charges of gambling and organizing gambling.
Earlier, the city police detected that the gang running the gambling den at the factory that opened for the workers.
Many workers who borrowed money from Quan had to deposit their property and ATM cards for him to withdraw all of their monthly salary to pay for their debt.
“Many workers had to quit their job and move away after failing to pay their debt in gambling. Police decided to raid the place but we have faced many difficulties,” an investigator said.
The guards always tell others at the gambling den whenever they suspected a visitor to be a plainclothes police officer, he said.
Several police officers impersonated as workers to work at the company before raiding the gambling den on April 7.
“Quan was confident that the strict surveillance of the company’s security guards would help them avoid detection of the company’s managers. They organized gambling at the parking lot as the place was hidden among many motorbikes,” the investigators said.
Further investigation is on.
 

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