Police in Seoul, South Korea have arrested six gang members on charges of operating an illegal gambling website. Police said on Monday that nearly US$188.5 million was wagered.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) the gang had been operating the website from May 2010 to March 2013, with servers in China and the Philippines.
“The gang members allegedly participated in the illegal gambling operation for living expenses as they did not have a proper way to earn an income,” an SMPA officer said.
Police have also arrested another 122 members of different crime rings across the countries who were allegedly involved in the business. According to police, the gang allowed the 122 thugs whom they personally know to run an estimated 3,000 internet cafes with high-speed internet around the country so the unknowing gamblers could easily use the illegal site. According to police, during the three years, an average of 200 to 300 users a day logged onto the site and bet a total of 197 billion won.
The suspects allegedly charged a 14.5-percent commission for each bet, pocketing a total of 150 billion won in the same period, SMPA officers said.