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98 captured for running online gambling

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-11-14 17:10

HANGZHOU -- Police in East China's Zhejiang province have seized 98 suspects for running online gambling involving a total of 290 million yuan ($41.3 million).

In 2018, police in the city of Zhoushan cracked down on several cases in which suspects organized gambling in group chats on social media platforms through a mahjong app.

After investigation, police found that Zhoushan had 220,000 registered users of the app by early 2018, with daily active users exceeding 20,000.

According to the police, the app was developed by a tech company in Shanghai, which had developed more than 30 kinds of gambling apps involving over 20 provinces and cities, including Shanghai, Shanxi and Hebei.

The police received a tip-off in June that partners of the company would meet in Shanghai on June 18. Zhoushan police then cooperated with their counterparts in Shanghai and busted the gang.

The police said 46 of the suspects had been transferred for prosecution so far.

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