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Kaohsiung police detain 21 in bust of election gambling ring

KAOHSIUNG--The Kaohsiung Prosecutors Office busted an election betting ring and detained 21 members Friday, including its leader surnamed Lin.

The prosecutors said Lin, who operates a lottery station, was also running an underground betting parlor that was taking bets on Saturday's presidential and legislative elections, seriously undermining the fairness of the polls.

The betting parlor had collected an estimated NT$1 billion (US$33.4 million).

The prosecutors raided six locations around Kaohsiung, seizing NT$420,000 in cash, fax machines and notebook computers earlier in the day.

Similar crackdowns have been made on election betting rings in Chiayi and New Taipei, with betting amounts estimated at NT$3 million and NT$100 million, respectively.

Election gambling rings can have an effect on poll results, especially in a close race, as voters cast ballots based on their wallets rather than their political leanings.

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