Online Casino Kingpin Wanted By China Apprehended In Bangkok

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Online Casino Kingpin Wanted by China Apprehended in Bangkok

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Police in Bangkok have detained a Chinese national wanted on an Interpol international red notice for allegedly running an illegal online casino.

She Zhijiang, 40, has been on the run from authorities in China since 2012, according to the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok.

According to the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok, She has allegedly been involved in controversial mega projects and gaming ventures in Cambodia and Myanmar’s Shwe Kokko state, as well as an online casino and lottery venture in the Philippines.

She’s Thai visa was revoked after he was taken into immigration custody on Wednesday night pending an extradition request.

Thai Immigration police officials said that the public prosecutor will submit a (provisional arrest) request to the criminal court next week.

An Interpol red notice published May 2021. In China, he faces criminal charges relating to operating an online casino and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Multiple Illegal Online Casino platforms

Red notice says the suspect, who heads a “criminal gang”, registered companies, researched and developed online casino platforms between January 2018 and February 2021.

The Interpol red notice states that his online gambling websites including Hongshulin, Yigou and Yiyou International, 330,000 gamblers were solicited.

She Zhijiang obtained illegal proceeds worth more than US$22 million in total and transferred them abroad.

One victim in China who was scammed out of a substantial sum of money from an online casino committed suicide, Chinese media reported.

Thailand’s Immigration police reported that Mr. She had a Cambodian passport but was born in China’s Hunan province.

It appears he was granted Cambodian citizenship in 2017 however, the exact circumstances remain unclear. Citizenship in Cambodia can be obtained with a donation of $250,000 to the Cambodian government.

There is an extradition treaty between China and Thailand, however, it could take a few months for his process to be completed.

Online betting network busted in Bangkok

In other Thailand news, police arrested six people accused of being part of FIFA betting and an online casino operation and seized cash and assets worth about US$1.3 million in Bangkok.

Police Cyber Taskforce (PCT) officers raided a house in Bangkok used for the operation of the online gambling site, and five women and one man are in custody.

A total of $225,000 was seized in cash in US banknotes, gold coins worth 194,000 baht, bank accounts containing 25.5 million baht, 104 computers and mobile phones, and other items.

Additional seized assets included a house in Klong Sam Wa district of Bangkok, a condominium room in Muang district of Nonthaburi, a condominium room in Kannayao district of Bangkok, and four cars.

According to Pol Maj Gen Trairong, 46 million baht worth of assets were seized.

Six suspects have been charged with conspiring to operate gambling and money laundering operations.

There were online casino gambling players of the 888Poing website and 88 online casino in several provinces, including Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Suphan Buri, Bangkok, Songkhla and Narathiwat, he said.

 

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