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Police bust gambling ring, 43 nabbed

Police have caught 43 suspects after busting an online gambling ring which reportedly betted to the tune of 1.7 billion yuan (US$278 million).

Of the 43, 26 were sent to criminal detention, 13 others punished with fines, while four were released on bail.

Unlike underground gambling dens, the suspects used smartphones to control and manage online casinos and made money by recruiting new gamblers whose losses became their profits.

Police discovered the online gambling ring in March after gambling agents illegally confined a man who had accumulated more than 800,000 yuan in debts.

The man, Zhang Ming, was released only after he borrowed 200,000 yuan to clear some of the debts and then reported to police.

Zhang was not alone. Baoshan District police said they received reports of several similar cases in which the gamblers lost millions of yuan on online casino.

After investigation, police found the ring targeted relocated residents in the area who were given properties and compensation after their old houses were demolished by the government.

The main suspects were a couple who had no job but bought a villa and owned a BMW sedan. The husband, surnamed Zhou, received 3.72 million yuan in one week after one of his clients lost 4 million on the gambling website, police said.

On September 9, Baoshan police captured 23 gamblers and 30 agents. 



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