Ho Chi Minh City police have deported 33 South Koreans for operating an illegal online gambling service that catered mostly to their countrymen.
The violators were slapped with a fine before being deported, a police source said on July 4.
Since May, city police have coordinated with immigration authorities to detect “abnormal signs” of these people, who resided in five different locations in District 7, the source said.
In mid-June, police found evidence that they were providing online sports betting services, mostly on football.
At the police station, the violators admitted that they supplied the service through a server operated in South Korea by a gambling kingpin. This unidentified person sent them to Vietnam to supply the service only to people outside Vietnam, they said.
Bets and winnings were transferred through the local banking system.
The violators confessed to having supplied the service illegally because it is very difficult to obtain a license to provide gambling services in South Korea.
The deported individuals claimed that they ran their operation abroad because the illegal service is subject to strict surveillance in their country.
Police found that Jeong Hyun Sub, a South Korean company director in Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Binh District, asked his Vietnamese friend Nguyen Binh Son to obtain long-term visas for at least ten people in the racket.
Son managed to obtain three-year visas for them by registering them as shareholders of his company, A.G.T VINA Company, for $500 each. Son held a VND2 billion (US$94,000) stake and the ten South Koreans were registered as holding VND100 million each.
Police are investigating Son further for his role in the case.
Last week, HCMC police arrested six Vietnamese people for organizing online football betting services.
Organizing gambling in Vietnam is subject to a fine for one's first violation. Repeated violations can carry jail terms of up to 10 years and an additional fine of up to VND100 million.