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Le Cong Hai and Company Face Illegal Betting Charges
On March 14, 2007, the authorities in Vietnam plan to file criminal charges against 19 suspects who were allegedly involved in a prohibited football betting ring in the capital of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh city, with total wagers of around $700,000 in the World Cup 2006.
The 19 suspects include the ringleader, Le Cong Hai, who is the assistant manager of a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. The group is already facing charges of "organized gambling and "gambling". The suspects were caught in the act of taking wagers or wagering themselves in July 2006 at a den located in District 2.
Police officers have confiscated around $100,000 in total cash at the scene of the raid, 8 expensive motorbikes used by the bookmakers, a Mercedes Benz, computers, and mobile phones used in betting activities (because it is more difficult for authorities to trace mobile gambling).
The suspects were arrested by the authorities even before the final game of the World Cup between Italy and France began. Gambling is prohibited under Vietnamese law, but Vietnam has just recently begun considering legalizing football wagering since most of the country's citizens are staunch supporters of football.
Monday, March 26, 2007
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