Police break up illegal football betting rings

Police in Hanoi on June 13 cracked down on two illegally run football betting rings and arrested 22 people involved in raking money from football matches and organizing online gambling.

One of the betting rings was run by Trinh Viet Thang, 34, from Giap Bat Ward of Hoang Mai District and the other was run by Do Huy Nam, 33, and Vu Hung Cuong, 33, both from Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi.

Police seized about VND2 billion (US$98,000) in cash and several desktop computers, laptops and mobile phones that were being used for illegal betting during the ongoing football matches.

So far the police believe that bet earnings were accumulating to VND1 billion ($47,600) each day.

Both the above rings began their illegal operations in the beginning of 2011 with help of foreign bet launderers in other countries, said the police.

In related news, police in Binh Duong Province on June 13 arrested Dao Xuan Tanh, 49, resident of Thuan An Commune, for running an illegal betting ring during the Euro 2012 football matches.

Police have caught three of those involved in this illegal activity, naming them as Le Van Quy, 19, Le Van Nghe, 25, and Le Van Bon, 27, all from Thanh Hoa Province.

By K.Nguyen, L.Long – Translated by T.Huong

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