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Gambling gang busted, 196 nabbed
    2019-04-23  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Longgang police recently busted an online gambling gang, arresting 196 suspects in Changsha, capital city of Hunan Province. Nearly 2 million yuan (US$298,227) in cash was collected on the spot, bank accounts containing over 3 million yuan were frozen and one luxury car was seized, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.

The capture was made in relation to an investigation of a robbery. The perpetrator, surnamed Chen, was addicted to online gambling and had piled up huge debts.

According to Chen, he befriended a female netizen in January, who constantly recommended an online lottery. Chen participated in small-scale online gambling at first, but eventually lost 180,000 yuan. In order to repay his loans, Chen took risks to collect money by robbery.

The Longgang police immediately set up a special group after arresting Chen. As the investigation proceeded, they discovered that the gambling website was operated by a company called Changsha Jingyou Technology Co. Ltd., which was also under investigation by Changsha police.

The police in the two cities worked together on the investigation and launched a joint action.

After a two-week probe, the police learned that the company had set up 11 dens in Hunan’s Changsha and Changde cities, and Guangdong’s Shenzhen and Qingyuan cities. The company had nearly 200 employees, and the gambling information was widely disseminated through the Internet and text messages on mobile phones.

On April 16, Longgang police dispatched 210 policemen to join their 180 counterparts in Changsha for the bust, while the police deployed in Shenzhen, Qingyuan and Changde also awaited arrest instructions.

All 196 suspects, including six principal culprits, were caught. In Changsha, 164 suspects were captured, 17 bank cards and 1.84 million yuan in cash were seized.

The police in Qingyuan, Shenzhen and Changde captured 32 suspects who had jointly set up casinos.

According to the police, the gambling website developed and operated by the company covered almost every kind of online gambling. The company had five subsidiaries, and the customer service staff would pretend to be women to coax victims to join the online lottery on social networking platforms such as WeChat and QQ.

At present, 44 major suspects from the group have been escorted to Shenzhen. The case is under further investigation.

(Zhang Yu)

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