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Japanese Court Hears How Online Gambling, Underworld Site Snared Student

26 Apr 2006

SAPPORO, Japan -- As reported by the Mainichi Daily News: "The trial of a university student accused of fraud after he tried to sell cell phones under a false name to counter online gambling debts opened in the Sapporo District Court on Tuesday.

"The 23-year-old student, whose name has been withheld, reportedly became hooked on illegal gambling at an online casino as he tried to make money for an overseas trip. He borrowed money and in just a short time, he was 2 million yen in debt. After visiting an underground site to seek help, he allegedly formed contracts for cell phones in other peoples' names. He was subsequently arrested and charged with fraud.

"...The use of online casinos, many of which are based in countries where gambling is allowed, is illegal in Japan, but there are many sites in Japanese.

"...A ruling on the case is expected on May 23..."

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