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Police arrest illegal online gambling ring's leader

Update: April, 15/2015 - 13:30
Pham Huu Loi, a most wanted criminal who allegedly headed a multi-million-dollar gambling ring.

THUA THIEN–HUE (VNS) — The Thua Thien–Hue Province Police have arrested a ‘most wanted' criminal, who allegedly was one of the two leaders of an illegal online gambling ring busted last July.

Fifty-year-old Pham Huu Loi, deemed extraordinarily dangerous and resident of 481, Le Duan, Hue City, was caught by the provincial police's investigation division of crimes related to economic management order and positions on Monday, while allegedly hiding in Dong Thap Province to avoid the ‘wanted' warrant.

On July 4, 2014, the Thua Thien–Hue Province busted an illegal online gambling ring and prosecuted 17 people for illegal online gambling, xoc dia (a gambling game unique to Viet Nam, originating in 1909, whereby gamblers use four coin-shaped tokens in four different colours and guess their combinations after each toss) and football match-fixing.

The online Cong an Nhan dan (People's Police) newspaper said the police had found documents showing the amount of gambled money to be up to US$37.7 million, and had detained Vo Van Nhan, 31, resident of 319/2, Bui Thi Xuan Road, Hue City, the other alleged leader of the gambling ring.

Loi reportedly ran a xoc dia gambling website called BA049 (no longer in operation). He also allegedly handed over to Nhan a subsidiary gambling website BA0430 last January (no longer in operation).

The ring was allegedly run by dozens of persons at the primary level of its administration, and more than 200 persons at its secondary administration level, involving more than 2,000 gamblers across the nation. — VNS

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