Police break up $13mn gambling ring in southern Vietnam

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Police break up $13mn gambling ring in southern Vietnam

Phan Thanh Ngoc Minh is arrested in this photo supplied by police officers.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has broken up a gambling racket that operated in southern provinces and had processed transactions worth more than VND300 billion (US$13.2 million).

A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Sunday that the Ministry of Public Security had raided 14 locations and apprehended nine suspects aged 23 to 45, who reside in the southern provinces of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Vinh Long.

Officers also confiscated 21 phones, a laptop, three computers, three ATM cards, and some documents related to the case.

Members of the gambling ring are held at the police station in this supplied photo.
Members of the gambling ring are held at the police station in this supplied photo.

Police investigation showed that Phan Thanh Ngoc Minh, 34, began running the gambling ring in early 2021 with the assistance of Le Trung Tien, Le Hoang Anh, Hoang Xuan Sang, and Duong Thi Hong Gam.

The ring members exchanged information with gamblers via text messages and such mobile apps as Viber and Zalo.

Hoang Xuan Sang in this supplied photo
This supplied photo shows Hoang Xuan Sang.

The racket relied on the daily winning numbers announced by Vietnam’s official lottery firms to decide the results of its games.

Investigators revealed that the ring processed transactions worth up to VND1 billion ($44,000) a day.

In addition, Minh also provided his older sister with a betting account to run some football betting games at her coffee shop in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.

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