13 to be prosecuted in inter-provincial online football gambling case
The police has initiated legal proceedings against 13 defendants for their alleged involvement in a major football gambling ring worth VND1.6 trillion (US$64million), according to the Ministry of Public Security.
|Hoang Lai Nam, a 41-year-old from Hanoi, was identified as the head of the gambling ring. — Photo courtesy of the Investigation Agency|
The betting activities were conducted on the website b8ag.com, the ministry said on Monday.
Six subjects will be charged with organising gambling activities – Hoang Lai Nam, Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga, Dang Van Hien and Tran Manh Tien from Hanoi; Phan Van Thang from Thai Binh Province in the north; and Tran Anh Minh from the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
The remaining seven will be prosecuted for gambling including Nguyen Thanh Ha, Nguyen Xuan Hung and Phuong Hoai Nam, residents of Hanoi; Nguyen Thanh Son from Hai Phong; Pham Duc Tung and Pham Van Phuong from Thai Binh; and Hoang Tran Trung living in HCM City.
Hoang Lai Nam, 41, ran the gambling ring through a multilingual website hosted on an overseas server.
On July 30, the investigation agency under the Ministry of Public Security in collaboration with local police forces busted the ring which mainly operated in Hanoi, Hai Phong, HCM City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
Police also seized eight cars, 22 cellphones, 9 PCs and cash worth US$240,000.
Police are expanding the investigation into the case.