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Police Punch Heavy Blow on Gambling

10 July 2006

CHINA -- As reported by the China Daily: "Police in both Beijing and South China's Guangdong Province have dealt soccer gambling rings a crushing blow.

"The Beijing municipal public security bureau caught the general agent of an overseas gambling company on the Chinese mainland.

"So far, Beijing police have cracked down on four criminal gangs and caught 24 suspects that organized online World Cup gambling parties, said the bureau in a news release.

"Guo, only known by his surname, is the highest-level agent of an overseas gambling company on the Chinese mainland. He has developed three levels of agents under him since 2003.

"Evidence showed that a third-class agent under him conducted 3,328 deals during January and February this year, involving 108 million yuan (US$13.5 million) in bets.

"...Police found evidence on a seized computer that shows that more than 17 million yuan (US$2.1 million) were bet on the games in June..."

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