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CIB breaks up online sports gambling ring, arrests seven people

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police on July 17 busted an online gambling ring, arresting a total of seven people, including two prime suspects, surnamed Wu (伍) and Wang (王) , for allegedly profiting illegally from a number of gambling websites, according to the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局).

According to the CIB, law enforcement authorities received tips several month ago that the ring, led by Wu and Wang, has been operating a total of six online sports gambling websites for a period of time.

Findings show that the online gambling sites set up by the ring provided various sports for gamblers to bet on, including professional baseball, basketball and soccer games played by local and international leagues. Each bet ranged from NT$100 to several million New Taiwan dollars.

In a raid coordinated between Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung police authorities, law enforcement officers arrested a total of seven suspects involved in the alleged illicit activity in several locations around the island on July 17, the CIB said. Four of the suspects are gamblers.

Investigators collected evidence from the scene, confiscating computers and monitors.

The suspects have been transferred to the New Taipei District Prosecutors Office, said the CIB.

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