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China Crackdown on Online Gambling

20 Jan 2005

CHINA – As reported by the China Daily: "Police have caught nearly 600 people across China while investigating a series of online gambling cases that are related to a Taiwan company.

"The cases involve more than 500 million yuan (US$60.5 million) of gambling funds, said Tong Jianming, an official with the Ministry of Public Security, yesterday in Beijing.

"Some 23 million yuan (US$2.8 million) has been seized, he said.

"Reports received by security forces showed that the Baoying Company, based in Taichung of Taiwan Province, had been co-operating with mainland criminals in organizing online gambling since March.

"…According to Tong, 597 people in 22 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities had been caught by December 27, including 395 organizers and 202 gamblers.

"…The police's achievements were made during a national blitz against gambling, which was launched by the ministry early last week.

"Gambling overseas, online gambling and illegal lotteries are the major targets of the campaign…"

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