China Cracks Down on Internet Gambling
By philip
A Taiwanese man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined 300,000 Yuan (US$36,145) by a Shanghai Court for offering an online gambling service, taking bets on European soccer matches. The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court said Feng Zaizheng, 51, had set up the 'perfect' gambling operation, taking 10 million Yuan a day at its peak last Summer.

Despite the Chinese peopleís traditional fondness for games of chance, gambling is illegal under the Communist government with the exception of the Macau Province, which enjoys a degree of autonomy outside the mainlandís strict economic system. This is the first time, however, that anyone has been prosecuted in Shanghai for running an online gambling service.

Meanwhile, in Taiwan, where gambling is also illegal, a husband and wife have been arrested for operating a Macau-based website taking bets on the Islandís forthcoming presidential elections. Officers also raided six addresses in cities around the island as part of a renewed operation to deter the illegal betting industry that is largely run by the island's criminal gangs.

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