Singaporean convicted of running gambling ring in Vietnam

HANOI - A court in southern Vietnam has found a Singaporean man guilty of running an illegal online gambling network, reported online newspaper VnExpress.

The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court on Monday sentenced Wong Boon Leong, 38, to 14 months and 24 days in jail.

He was fined VND100 million (S$6,137) for his offense, while his family has returned VND500 million he had raked in from his illegal operation.

The jail sentence matches the time he has spent behind bars since he was arrested in December 2015, so he was released after he paid the fine.

Vietnamese police said online gambling site Dafabet, which has servers based in the Philippines, sent Wong to Vietnam in December 2014 to organise an online gambling network in the country.

He had cooperated with a Vietnamese couple, Nguyen Thi Kim Cuc, 31, and Nguyen Van Nam, 35, to run the gambling ring. They were all arrested in late 2015.

Cuc, Nam and their other 61 accomplices were handed jail terms of up to two years, reports said.