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Police bust gambling rings, catch 99 suspects

SHANGHAI police have detained 99 suspects from two gambling rings that involved more than 180 million yuan (US$29.31 million), officers said yesterday.

Pudong police smashed a gang of 92 people involved in online gambling in the Pudong New Area and Jing'an District on Tuesday. Officers said they confiscated 27 computers and 27 laptops that were used by ring members.

Since March, three people, surnamed Tang, Zhang and Ding, were agents for a foreign gambling website, police said.

They lured gamblers to the website by giving them usernames and passwords, police said.

The trio and their secondary agents earned 5 percent of the amount gambled by the people they lured to the website. A total of 180 million yuan was involved, police said.

In the other case, seven suspects who allegedly sold gambling machines in Putuo District were detained. A total of 22 gambling machines costing a total of 45,000 yuan were confiscated, police said.

Police said the family-owned Zegui Electric Co was a front for selling the machines.

Police said they detained the company's legal representative and a board member, who are a couple.

The company's financial manager, a mechanic and other employees, who are relatives of the couple, were also detained, police said.

The couple opened the company in 2006 and began buying gambling machines from Guangdong Province. They sold the machines in Shanghai, police said.


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