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7 held over gambling scam in Jiading

SEVEN people have been detained on blackmailing charges after they lured three people to play a fixed dice gambling game and run into heavy debts, Jiading District police said yesterday.

Police said the three victims ran up a combined debt of 800,000 yuan (US$121,369), of which at least 190,000 yuan had been paid. Police added that 30,000 yuan has been recovered and returned to the victims.

On January 25, the three were invited to a karaoke venue by a new friend, the lead suspect surnamed Yin. Police said Yin ordered wine laced with a drug to make them lightheaded.

Yin later invited them to gamble at dice at a mahjong parlor in a hotel on Huancheng Road in Jiading.

The victims recalled several people were gambling when they arrived, according to police.

Yin played for a while to demonstrate the game and kept winning money, police said. The victims soon started to play. They won some money initially but then started losing.

Police said Yin rigged the dice and used a remote control device to fix the games. Soon the three had lost about 1,000 yuan, which was all the money they had.

Yin loaned them money so they could keep playing.

In the end, the victims lost 800,000 yuan and were forced to write debt notes before leaving, police said.

Four days later, Yin and a group of people from the parlor came to the home of Yu, one of the victims, and demanded the money. He was forced to pay 190,000 yuan, police said. Yu called the police after they left.


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