S'porean in Vietnam jailed for running gambling ring

HO CHI MINH • A court in Vietnam has found a Singaporean man guilty of running an illegal online gambling network.

The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court on Monday jailed Wong Boon Leong, 38, for 14 months and 24 days, according to online newspaper VnExpress. He was fined 100 million dong (S$6,200) for his offence, while his family had returned 500 million dong he raked in from his illegal operation.

The sentence matched the time he spent behind bars since his arrest in December 2015, so he was freed 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 61 accomplices were each handed jail terms of up to two years, reports said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2017, with the headline 'S'porean in Vietnam jailed for running gambling ring'. Print Edition | Subscribe