Five South Koreans arrested in Bangkok for running gambling online

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-06 20:08:02|Editor: Zhou Xin
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BANGKOK, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Five South Korean nationals were arrested on Friday on charges of running a gambling website in the Thai capital, police said.

Acting Tourist Police commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakpan said the five South Koreans were arrested with their computers, cellphones and 150,000 won (131 U.S. dollars) in cash, allegedly used in the online gambling, seized at a condominium unit in Sathupradit area.

The police acted on a tip-off from the Embassy of South Korea in Bangkok.

The South Korean suspects were quoted as saying they had been hired by an unidentified businessman, who currently remains at large, to run the gambling online with some 700 fellow countrymen as their customers, according to Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet.

Besides the charges of running the illegal business online, those South Koreans will be charged with money-laundering activity while the police investigation might possibly lead to arrests of other suspects on similar charges, the police said.