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Police arrest students in gangster gambling sweep

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Officers take Chen Jui, son of celebrity Chen Kai-lun, to help with investigations into a campus gambling ring in Taipei yesterday. Another 12 arrests were made in a sweep of suspects.

PHOTO: FANG PIN-CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES

Authorities yesterday announced the arrest of dozens of senior high school, vocational school and college students believed to be part of campus gangster groups.

Of those arrested, 12 were suspected leaders of groups recruited by the notorious Bamboo Union (竹聯幫) gang. Most were recruited as leaders of gambling rings to attract “customers” to gamble on the gangsters’ online casinos under the cover of an information technology firm, the Juvenile Affairs Division of the Taipei City Police Department said.

The incident received substantial media attention because celebrity Chen Kai-lun’s (陳凱倫) son, Chen Jui (陳銳), was one of the suspects.

After nearly a year of following tips and gathering evidence, police last week began arresting suspects scattered across 12 senior high schools, vocational schools and colleges in Taipei City and Taipei County.

The campus gangsters would entice their friends and fellow students to gamble online, then use violent methods and threats to demand payment for unpaid debts, much like loan sharks, the police said.

The criminal rings would also profit from their illegal business by requiring a commission on winnings. Police said they also suspect some gangster leaders cheated their associates to make hundreds of thousands of NT dollars in profit.

Chen Jui, accompanied by his lawyers, has already been questioned by police and prosecutors.

Chen Jui is suspected to be one of the gangster heads involved in attracting customers on school campuses, police said.

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