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Former national police chief admits wrongdoing in online gambling ring
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Former national police chief admits wrongdoing in online gambling ring

HCMC – The former chief of the General Department of Police, Phan Van Vinh, has admitted wrongdoing in an extensive online gambling ring run by businessmen Phan Sao Nam and Nguyen Van Duong, Tien Phong newspaper reported, citing a source close to the situation.

Vinh, while serving as national top cop, was aware of the existence of the online gambling ring operated by Nam and Duong but kept silence.

An investigation has found evidence that the ring started online gambling activities in 2013 and generated trillions of Vietnam dong in revenue.

The investigation has been expanded to determine whether Vinh illegally benefited from the gambling ring.

Phase one of the probe is expected to end this July, and the case will be transferred to the prosecution agency of Phu Tho Province.

According to the source of Tien Phong newspaper, Phu Tho police kept dozens of millions of Vietnam dong and documents related to the case when searching Vinh’s private residence last Friday night.

In a related development, four more people allegedly involved in the gambling ring were detained on Monday on charges of illegally trading sales receipts. They are Chau Nguyen Anh, 39, Pham Quang Minh, 33, Nguyen Dinh Chien, 42, and Le Anh Tuan, 34. All reside in Hanoi.

Arrest and search warrants were executed on Monday afternoon.

Charges have been pressed against 88 defendants in the ring, with 40 put under police custody.

Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former director of the Anti-High-Tech Crime Police Department (C50) under the Ministry of Public Security, was arrested last month for alleged involvement in the gambling ring. The case involves multiple police officers at C50.

Investigators at the Phu Tho Province Police Department charged Hoa with organizing gambles, and detained the former major general for four months. Shortly before his arrest, the State President stripped Hoa of the People’s Police title.

The subsequent probe discovered an extensive online gambling ring with thousands of people at home and abroad involved. The ring was run by Phan Sao Nam, former chairman of local online game firm VTC Online, and Nguyen Van Duong, chairman of hi-tech security firm AN CNC Co Ltd.

With Phan Sao Nam at the helm, VTC Online used to be one of Vietnam’s top three online game firms.

Nguyen Thanh Hoa, instead of taking people involved in the case to justice, allegedly protected the ring. He and many other police officers at C50 were suspended in late 2017 for investigation.

At a conference on the performance of the steering committee for the national crime prevention program last year, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said the Phu Tho police had busted the gambling ring in which US$3.6 million was illegally transferred abroad. The police also detained around VND1 trillion worth of assets in the case.

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