380 Chinese arrested in gambling bust in northern Vietnam

By Giang Chinh   July 27, 2019 | 09:50 pm PT
380 Chinese arrested in gambling bust in northern Vietnam
Our City complex in Hai Phong City has been cordoned off by cpolice following a gambling ring bust Saturday. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Chinh.
The Hai Phong police busted a high-tech gambling ring in the city on Saturday and took more than 380 Chinese into custody.

More than 500 officers raided the Our City residential complex in Pham Van Dong Street, Duong Kinh District, and found hundreds of people using foreign-made machines gamble online.

Investigation found the ring has been operating for six months, faciliating gambling bets worth more than 3 billion yuan ($435.7 million).

They found more gambling machines installed in several buildings in the complex. 

Several Vietnamese employees were interrogated but not held.

Colonel Le Ngoc Chau, head of the city police, said it was "a huge and very complicated operation."

Built in 2009 by Chinese investors, the $85 million Our City is 43 hectares in size and mostly occupied by Chinese.

Vietnam has relaxed its stance on gambling, legalizing sports betting in 2017 and allowing people aged over 21 with a monthly income of at least VND10 million ($445) to play in a casino on the southern Phu Quoc Island on a pilot basis.

But online betting remains illegal. Gambling and organizing it can attract fines of VND10-50 million ($430- 2,150) or fetch jail terms of three to seven years.

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