Online-casino arrests in Bangkok, Rayong

Online-casino arrests in Bangkok, Rayong

Police have arrested 12 people for allegedly running illegal online casinos in Bangkok and Rayong.

In Bangkok, a crackdown was conducted on Sunday by the Patrol and Special Operation Division, or 191 Police, at a rented house in Soi Lat Phrao 107 of Bang Kapi district.

Police confiscated eight computers, a money counting machine, 95 passbooks, 19 mobile phones and 6.2 million baht in cash.

A court issued a search warrant after police were tipped off about an illegal online gambling operation on Saturday.

Police then searched the house and arrested a man, identified only as Mr Ae, and two women identified as Ms Nee and Ms Cee. All three are accused of managing an online gambling system.

Mr Ae reportedly admitted that he and the two women were the administrators of about two dozen gambling-related websites.

The three suspects were kept in police custody and charged with colluding to persuade others to gamble.

In Rayong, the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) raided a commercial building and a house linked to online gambling activities in Nikhom Phatthana district yesterday.

The action was ordered by CCIB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Kornchai Klaiklueng.

The two locations are in tambon Makham Khu, where police arrested four male and five female suspects and seized 10 computers and some mobile phones. The suspects reportedly told police they were hired as customer service administrators.

All nine are facing a charge of colluding to lure people to gamble. Police are looking into whether the two operations were run by one owner.

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