Online Casino Crackdown in China
By staff
In China, police have arrested 32 people in the North-eastern Liaoning Province and charged them with being involved in running an illegal online gambling operation totalling approximately $773 million.

Another ten people, including the principal offenders Yang Xu and Wang Jun, are still under investigation and will be formally charged at a later date according to a statement released by the local government. In addition, more than 50 other people thought to be involved in the case are still on the run.

Police said that Yang Xu, as head of a criminal gang, formed a small group of gamblers and began operating illegal online gambling sites with his wife Wang Jun in November of 2005. Officials stated that he soon expanded his operation to include more than 100 people in less than two years.

Gambling is illegal in China unless it is in the form of a State-sponsored lottery and officials said that they would remain diligent in stopping Internet and other gambling offenders.

'The prevalence of online gambling has ruined the online environment and harmed young people's growth, which runs against the policy of building a harmonious society,' said a circular released by the government.

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