Chinese online soccer betting gang bust in Ladprao

Tourist and 191 police yesterday arrested four Chinese nationals for running an online soccer betting operation from their rented house office in Bangkok's Ladprao area.

The police raid was conducted after they received information that a cross-border betting site was managed from the spot. The target was a well-known housing estate in Ladprao district in Bangkok which was alleged to have been used as an online betting facility for Chinese gamblers.

Four Chinese nationals were arrested, and 68 mobile phones, 7 computers and 2 CPUs were seized from the house office.

The four Chinese told police that they had only been in the country for 2 months and were hired by a Chinese financial backer known only as Peter.

They said the house was rented to them by a Thai called Somphong.

They claimed that they were hired to keep track of online money transfers from Chinese betters made over Bee Talk and WeChat and were paid 35,000 baht/month each.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, said after the raid that the police were in the process of tracking down the other members involved in the operation.

He said the police have discovered that the Chinese backer had activated an automated tracking system as a result of the disruption to the Thai operation.

Thus far they have filed additional charges on 2 of the 4 Chinese nationals for illegal entry and have charged the Thai owner of the house with failure to notify authorities that he was housing foreign nationals within 24 hours of their arrival.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)