|Former Director of the Department of High-tech Crime Police Nguyen Thanh Hoa at the court
Hoa was prosecuted for “abusing position and power while performing duties”.
According to the procuracy, former General Director of the MoPS’s General Department of Police Phan Van Vinh was the mastermind who directed Hoa to create favourable conditions and cover up for defendants in their gambling activities.
Earlier, the procuracy recommended sentencing Vinh to between seven to seven and a half years’ imprisonment for the same charge.
The procuracy said that the nature and scope of the case has endangered society. The 92 defendants involved were charged with “using the internet to appropriate assets”, “organising gambling”, “gambling”, “illegally trading invoices”, “laundering money”, and “abusing position and power while performing duties”.
During the 28 months of operating software and technological solutions with such card games as Rikvip/Tip.club, 23Zdo, and Zon/Pen, the games’ operators connected with many services, getting companies to set up a system of 5,913 outlets to convert game scores into real money and vice versa.
They attracted more than 42.95 million gambling accounts and earned more than VND9 trillion (US$384.4 million) from the money gamblers sent to the illegal gambling organising service.