19 Chinese arrested in Pattaya for running online gambling den
Chon Buri police and immigration police arrested 19 Chinese early Wednesday for allegedly running an online gambling den from a condominium in Pattaya.
The raid at the CC Condominium on Soi Chaiporn Withi at 12.30 am was led by Chon Buri police chief Pol Maj Gen Nanthachart Supamongkol and Pol Col Chitdecha Songhong, commander of Nong Prue police station.
Police found 14 Chinese men and three Chinese women in room 421/114 operating an online gambling den for mainland Chinese. Police seized more than 10 notebook computers and 86 mobile phones inside the first room. They then moved to room No 421/117 where they arrested two more Chinese men and seized five notebook computers and about 100 mobile phones.
Nanthachart said police had been tipped off that Chinese nationals were hanging out in the two rooms in unusually high numbers. After monitoring them for a while, officials became certain that the group was committing illegal activities and sought and obtained a search warrant from the Pattaya Court..
Nanthachart said the 19 Chinese entered Thailand as tourists and were paid 10,000 yuan or about Bt40,000 each month.
Police checked transactions records and found that the group was remitting about Bt8 million a day back to China.
The 19 were charged with being aliens working without work permits.