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Gambling crimes: Macao police transfer suspects to procurators

This undated file photo shows the flag of the Macao Special Administrative Region. (PHOTO / VCG)

MACAO – Police in Macao Special Administrative Region on Sunday detained 11 people suspected of being involved in illegally running gambling businesses or money laundering, and referred the case to procurators.

The 11 suspects included a 47-year-old businessperson with the surname of Chau, the Judiciary Police under the Macao SAR government said at a press conference

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The suspects included a 47-year-old businessperson with the surname of Chau, the Judiciary Police under the Macao SAR government said at a press conference.

The suspects confessed to setting up gambling platforms overseas and serving as agents for betting via phone calls, according to the Judiciary Police. However, they refused to cooperate on investigations of other allegations.

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The Judiciary Police started investigating the case in 2019 and found that a criminal group from Macao headed by Chau set up gambling platforms overseas, invited mainland residents to engage in online gambling, and laundered illegal gains through clandestine networks.

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