Gambling With The Law
Police catch Chinese gambling gang
Police have successfully tracked down and apprehended a Chinese gang who have been operating an illegal online gambling syndicate in Pattaya.
An earlier police investigation had led to the arrest of 5 Chinese gangsters involved in the criminal operation, who were found to be in a commercial building located on Chaleomprakiat Road.
After questioning the men, local police, led by the Commissioner of Police Department for Region 2 Pol. Lt. Gen. Jitti Rodbangyang, the Deputy Commander of Chonburi Police Department Pol. Col. Sakrapee Piaopanich and Pattaya Police Superintendent Pol. Col. ApichaiKrobpetch, conducted a raid on a villa on Soi Chaiyapreuk 1, leading to the arrest of a further 8 Chinese gang members.
The 13 suspects detained have been identified as; Mr.Ming Chou Lee, aged 40, Mr.Xie Ruihao, 26, Mr. Wang Yong, 28, Mrs. Huang Lo Min, 30, Mr.Junze Qin,28, Mr. Gong Chengjian, 26, Mr.Cai Yao, 22, Mr. Yi Zhipeng, 24, Mr.Chang Hongfei, 26, Mr. Liu Lei, 22, Mr. Li Bin, 31, Mr. Zhu Liangliang, 24 and Mr. Tang Jibin, 22.
During the raid, police also found and impounded a large amount of evidence including; 15 computers, 4 internet routers, a mobile recorder, 5 sheets of client’s bank details, web program sheets used to access on-line gambling accounts, a NASA website online account, accountancy books, and other recordings of client and staff details.
The gang leader was found to be Mr.Ming Chou Lee, who confessed he was hired by a Chinese based investor to travel to Thailand as a tourist and find a suitable place to establish an online gambling operation such as this which allows clients to gamble from China.
Police found that the operation,which was established a few months ago, has already generated millions of Baht of illegal earnings.
For his role in the operationMr. Ming Chou Lee received a monthly salary of 100,000 Baht, whilst the other gang membersearnt between 25,000 – 35,000 Baht per month.
All 13 suspects have been charged with providing illegal online gambling and legal proceedings against them have begun. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Police have also been notified so the suspects names can be blacklisted from reentering Thailand once their sentences are served.