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Biggest gambling website busted by Taiwan police

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced Tuesday that it has busted the biggest online gambling operation in history, arresting the ring leader and 52 others and seizing over NT$2 billion (US$60.49 million) in bets.

With the approach of the Jan. 16 presidential and legislative elections, the bureau said, it has started a crackdown on underground gambling websites to ensure that no rogue elements try to influence the outcome of the elections.

After a long period of tailing and monitoring suspects, the CIB said, it mobilized more than 300 police officers Monday to raid 55 locations around the country.

The bureau said it used an M-Police app at its special command center to work with local police and technical experts to gain access to the 55 locations.

A 35-year-old man Kao Hung-yu, believed to be the mastermind of the gambling ring, was arrested, along with 52 other suspects, the CIB said.

Kao admitted to online gambling but denied that he was engaged in election betting, the bureau said.

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