Online Gambling Bust Hits China
By staff
A leading newspaper in China has reported that local police raided a residential address in Shanghai for illegal online gambling and arrested 20 players along with the female operator.

The Shanghai Daily reports that the house where the action was taking place caught the eye of police patrols when they noticed a large number of people coming and going from the address with many of these speaking animatedly about soccer and gambling. A raid soon afterward found 20 men taking part in online gambling supervised by a middle-aged woman.

The operator, He Cui, had her arrest ratified by prosecutors in the booming city’s Zhabei District for organising online soccer gambling yesterday after 'confessing' to 'luring' over 100 gamblers to her address.

Prosecutors said that she ran the online soccer gambling operation from her residence with most of the gamblers being unemployed men attracted by curiosity or greed. Cui is said to have helped gamblers bet through an unidentified website and collected money or paid out once a week while earning a commission for her work.

The newspaper reported that she began the gambling scheme in February with police becoming suspicious in September. It said that she allegedly earned $2,632 commission for the eight months of work with the total amount gambled amounting to $533,817.

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