|Defendants belonging to the gambling ring at court. – Photo nld.com.vn |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – The People’s Court in HCM City yesterday sentenced dozens of defendants linked to a vast gambling ring.
Tô Công Hưng, 34, head of the ring and former director of Người Dệt Mộng (Dream Weaver) Online Joint Stock Company, was sentenced to four years in prison.
Sixty-two remaining accused received suspended sentences or two years imprisonment.
According to the verdict, under Hưng’s direction, the ring members carried out transactions worth VNĐ640 billion (US$28.7 million) through 56 bank accounts.
From February 2012 to January 2015, Hưng colluded with foreigners and then brought in his older sister, Tô Thị Thu Nhi, and acquaintances into the ring.
These accused opened accounts at some banks to serve their website 12bet.com to help gamblers transfer money for football, basketball, tennis betting and online card games.
In this case, Hưng benefited by some VNĐ4.3 billion (over $192,000) and other members received more than VNĐ260 million ($11,650) .– VNS