Police nabs six Koreans for running online gambling

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CEBU CITY (21-Oct-2012/PNA) – Police intelligence operatives arrested six South Koreans during a raid inside a high-end condominium in Barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City Friday afternoon for allegedly running an online illegal gambling operation.

Chief Insp. George, Ylanan, head of the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) 7, identified the six as So Ki Won, 34; Zu Woo Rum, 30; Kim Moon Oh, 31; Han Jae Hak, 28; Jeom Gin You, 28; and Kim Yong Un, 29.

This is the second time that law enforcers caught South Korean men in Cebu City who are allegedly involved in the multi-billion dollar business.

Police, armed with a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 Judge Sylva Paderanga, stormed five adjacent apartments during the operation past 12 p.m. Friday.”We caught them red handed,” Ylanan said.

Recovered from the group were 14 computer monitors, eight central processing units, two laptops, a hard drive, cellular phones and bank books of their alleged clients.

Ylanan said they had received information that the men kept so many computer sets in their rooms, so the police conducted surveillance for a month.

Their informant started giving them tips following their operation inside a subdivision in Lapu-Lapu City last August that also led to the arrest of five South Koreans.

”They took cover here in our country because they are easily traced in South Korea. They are offshoring,” Ylanan said.

Clients allegedly pay through online transactions with an international bank when a major sporting event, such as basketball or baseball, takes place. They get their money back, plus a share of the pot, if they win.

An online report estimated that the market for illegal sports betting online in Korea could be worth nearly USD10.8 billion.

”We believe that both groups come from different operators. Incidentally, they have no Filipino cohorts,” Ylanan said.

He said police are preparing proper charges against them for allegedly violating Republic Act 9287, which increased the penalties for illegal numbers games. (PNA)

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