Vietnam prosecutors press charges against 66 in $9.1 mln online gambling ring

By Thai Son, Thanh Nien News

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A police officer read an arrest warrent to Vuong Chan Thanh and Dam Kim Khuyen during a raid in their house in Oct. 2013 A police officer read an arrest warrent to Vuong Chan Thanh and Dam Kim Khuyen during a raid in their house in Oct. 2013

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The supreme prosecutor's office have indicted 66 people in an online gambling ring that illegally transferred more than VND195.2 billion (US$9.1 million) from Vietnam to China before it was busted last year.
Four of them were charged with organizing gambling, 59 others with gambling, which is illegal in Vietnam, and the other three with illegal cross-border transportation of currencies, according to the indictment issued by the Supreme People’s Procuracy on Wednesday.
According to the indictment, Vuong Chan Thanh, the alleged ringleader, acted as an agent of the Philippines-based gambling website www.188bet.com between Oct. 10, 2011 and Oct. 10, 2013.
Thanh and his assistants, including his wife Dam Kim Khuyen, 36, sister Vuong Thuy Hang and Hang's husband Nguyen Thanh Trieu, collected the stakes from gamblers via bank transfers and had Chinese transporters to illegally carry the money across the border to China.
The foursome had transferred VND 195.2 billion, from which they earn a profit worth hundreds of million dong, into China, according to the indictment.
The crime of organizing gambling carries a prison sentence of at least 12 months. Convicted gamblers, meanwhile, may be fined between VND5 million and VND50 million and forced into non-custodial rehabilitation.

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