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12 nabbed for running $13mn gambling ring in Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, January 08, 2021, 16:39 GMT+7
12 nabbed for running $13mn gambling ring in Ho Chi Minh City
Members of an illegal gambling ring are held at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City, January 7, 2021. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Police have arrested 12 suspects involved in a VND300 billion (US$13 million) gambling ring after raiding 14 locations in Ho Chi Minh City.

A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Thursday that officers under the Ministry of Public Security had apprehended Nguyen Nhat Lam, 38, Nguyen Ngoc Son – Lam’s 33-year-old brother, and 10 other suspects for gambling and organizing gambling.

Lam and Son are the leaders of the illegal ring.

About 80 officers previously raided 14 locations in Thu Duc City, Binh Thanh District, and Go Vap District on Wednesday following their investigation.

Nguyen Nhat Lam is held at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City, January 7, 2021. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Nhat Lam is held at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City, January 7, 2021. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Aside from capturing the 12 suspects, police also confiscated more than VND1 billion ($43,200), two bank cards, 21 mobile phones, two laptops, and other documents and devices used to operate the gambling racket.

At the police station, Lam and Son claimed they started running the illicit ring in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2020.

The brothers hired five other people and tasked them with technical work and making transactions with gamblers.

The accessories were each paid VND5-10 million ($216-432) a month.

Exhibits involved in the case are confiscated by police officers. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Exhibits involved in the case are confiscated by police officers. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Multiple other suspects signed up to operate as lower branches of the gambling ring.

The criminals received betting orders from their gamblers via text messages or such mobile apps as Viber.

Gamblers would have to pay the ring 80 percent of their betting money when they lost.

If they won, they were expected to receive 75 to 5,500 times their betting amount.

Transactions within the ring were worth about VND300 billion ($13 million), according to preliminary investigation.

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