Macau police bust WeChat gambling racket

Staff reporter
18 Apr 2017

Macau's Judiciary Police (PJ) arrested seven mainlanders for their alleged involvement in an illegal WeChat gambling operation on April 12, a PJ spokesperson said during a special press conference last week.

According to the spokesperson, the seven male suspects, aged between 28 and 40, from Zhejiang province solicited gamblers to place bets at local casinos’ VIP tables via WeChat.

One of the suspects claimed to be a bricklayer while the remainder claimed to be unemployed.

The spokesperson said the gang had been streaming live gambling from local VIP rooms via the app, adding the police estimated that the racket attracted at least HK$10 million in bets and made a profit of about HK$1.2 million.

According to the spokesperson, the gang mainly solicited customers from Zhejiang province who paid the gang via bank transfers or Alipay. The spokesperson said police believed that the gang had been “in business” for at least a month.

The spokesperson said the gang operated out of a suspected illegal inn in Nam Van. The Judiciary Police discovered the illegal gambling activity while investigating the illegal inn.

The spokesperson said the suspects were facing possible arraignments on illegal gambling charges.

Several gang members were still at large, the spokesperson said on Thursday.

— This article originally appeared in The Macau Post Daily

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