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Chinese arrest 600 suspects in case tied to Taichung

DPA , BEIJING

Chinese police arrested 600 suspects in a series of online gambling cases that were all linked to a Taiwanese company, state media said yesterday.

The cases involve gambling stakes totalling more than 500 million yuan (US$60.5 million), the official China Daily quoted police official Tong Jianming (童健明) as saying.

"Reports received by security forces showed that the Baoying company, based in Taichung of [Taiwan], had been co-operating with [Chinese] criminals in organizing online gambling since March," the newspaper said.

Tong said police recovered about 23 million yuan (US$2.8 million) and arrested 597 people in 22 provinces, including 202 suspected illegal gamblers.

The suspects included some government officials, he said.

The arrests were made in an ongoing police crackdown on illegal gambling in China.

The campaign is also targetting illegal lotteries and overseas gambling by Chinese officials.

But Chinese police are finding the new online form of illegal gambling more of a challenge, the newspaper said.

The Beijing Public Security Bureau said that collecting evidence of online gambling is a hard nut to crack. It is a brand-new gambling means and imposed great challenges in the police's work.

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