Football newspaper official leads illegal betting ring
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While UEFA EURO 2012 football matches are taking place, police in Hanoi have prosecuted Do Huy Nam, vice head of the international affairs department of Hanoi-based Bong Da (Football) Newspaper, for leading an illegal 13-member football betting ring.
Nam, 33, of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, was indicted yesterday with 12 other on charges of “organizing gambling and gambling” in the form of illegal football betting, the police said.
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According to the case file, in a raid at a café owned by Nam in Hoan Kiem District on March 26, the local anti-social crime police caught Nam and another local man, Vu Hung Cuong, 33, also of Hanoi, organizing illegal football betting through the Internet.
From the testimonies of the two men, the police later arrested the other member of the ring. The police also seized VND180 million (US$8,640), seven laptops, three desktop computers, one Ipad, and 11 mobile phones that had been used for illegal football betting.
Nam and Cuong confessed to the police that their ring began operating in mid-2011 to earn the difference between the winning and losing amounts among bettors.
The payment between the ring and the bettors amounted to billions of dong (VND1 billion = $48,000) per day, investigators said.
In another case, police also prosecuted Trinh Viet Thang, a 34-year-old man in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai District, for the same charges. Thang led a 9-member football betting ring that has operated since February, with the payment between winners and losers also amounting to billions of dong per day.
The crackdown on these two rings resulted from the ongoing efforts of Hanoi police in preventing illegal football betting during UEFA EURO 2012.
“The director of Hanoi police has directed all relevant police units to tighten their control during this EURO football season to bust football betting rings,” said Senior Lieutenant Colonel Dao Thanh Hai, head of the Hanoi Criminal Police Department.