|Suspects involved in an online football gambling ring worth nearly VNĐ100 billion (US$4.3 million) in central Thanh Hóa Province and seized items related to their betting activities at the police station. — Photo dantri.com.vn|
THANH HÓA — Police in central Thanh Hóa Province busted an online football gambling ring worth nearly VNĐ100 billion (US$4.3 million), arresting 11 people.
According to preliminary information, Hồ Đức Tuấn and Nguyễn Văn Tuân, who live in Thanh Hóa Province, were the masterminds of the ring.
Tuấn purchased an account worth VNĐ2 billion ($87,000) on the website, ABC.332bet.com, and created a number of sub-accounts. He then called some local residents to gamble.
Nine other persons suspected of involvement in the betting ring have also been detained by the police for investigation.
The suspects told the police that the total transactions of the gambling ring have been worth nearly VNĐ100 billion since the beginning of the FIFA World Cup.
Upon inspecting the homes of the 11 arrested persons, the police seized more than VNĐ700 million in cash, two cars, 16 mobile phones, 16 computers and other equipment related to gambling.
Further investigations are underway.
Gambling is illegal in Việt Nam and police across the country are trying to stop betting in the black market, which tends to surge during major sporting events, such as the ongoing football World Cup.
Last Friday, police busted another huge gambling ring worth some VNĐ600 billion ($26 million) in HCM City, arresting four and summoning several others for questioning.
The suspects admitted to doing transactions using a website hosted in the Philippines. — VNS