Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong reported on Tuesday that they determined an officer of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment masterminded an online football betting racket with transactions worth nearly VND600 billion (US$25 million).
The officer is Luong Ngoc Thanh, 29, living in Dak Nong’s Dak Mil District, and Huynh Kim Tri, 29, from the same district was Thanh’s accomplice.
Nguyen Ngoc Trung, an officer of the Dak Nong Department of Science and Technology, also participated in the racket.
The investigation into the case showed that Tri and Thanh met Le Duy Tu, 29, living in Dak R’lap District, at the beginning of November to plan how to establish the online football betting ring.
After their racket came into operation for a length of time, police officers caught Tri, Thanh, Tu, Trung, and 13 other suspects red-handed operating the illegal business and arrested them on December 2.
The officers also confiscated many exhibits, including computers, phones, cars, bank cards, and cash amounting to nearly VND600 billion.
The investigation is ongoing.