63 Vietnamese to stand trial in major sports betting case

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To Cong Hung (R) at a police station. Phot credit: Tien Phong To Cong Hung (R) at a police station. Phot credit: Tien Phong


Sixty three people will stand trial for involving in a massive sports betting ring in northern Vietnam, the highest prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.
The Supreme People’s Procuracy said To Cong Hung, 34, director of Dream Weavers Online Services JSC based in Ho Chi Minh City, and five accomplices have been accused of operating the online ring. All the others face gambling charges, according to local media reports.
Prosecutors said the website, run from overseas, accepted more than VND487 billion (US$21.8 million) wagered by gamblers in Vietnam between 2012 and 2015. Bets were made on soccer, basketball and tennis games. There were also online poker games.
Hung allegedly sent around VND20 billion in bet money to various accounts at Chinese banks. He himself earned about VND4.3 billion from running the illegal services in Vietnam.
According to investigators, among the indicted gamblers there are engineers, teachers and even police officers.
Gambling is illegal in Vietnam. 

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