The Hai Phong police said Tuesday they arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly running a major sports gambling racket with thousands of clients.
Bui Quang Duong was taken in a month after the police arrested his 23 henchmen in Hai Phong, Hanoi and several northern provinces.
Investigators said Duong had been organizing the gambling online since June last year through websites with overseas servers with the total bets adding up to VND7.6 trillion, or over US$340 million.
Following the arrests of his men, Duong fled to Ha Long Town in Quang Ninh Province by boat.
He has confessed to his crime to the police.
Bui Quang Duong has been arrested for allegedly running a major sports betting racket in Vietnam. Photo credit: VTC
The Hai Phong police are coordinating with the Ministry of Public Security to find out if more people were part of the gang.
In Vietnam, gambling is illegal.
Last month the ministry had arrested 10 people belonging to a gang that allegedly organized football betting involving thousands of gamblers in Hai Phong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
It reportedly raked in hundreds of billions of dong from bets on football games, mostly played at the recently concluded European championship.