Dang Anh Tuan, the chief inspector of the Vietnamese Information Ministry, has been detained for alleged involvement in $420 million organized illegal online gambling operations.
Last year, the Vietnam Police had busted a gambling ring, and following the subsequent investigations, the authorities have now detained the chief inspector for his involvement. Charges against Dang are that he had been assisting the operators and had been shielding them. Dang is also accused of taking undue advantage of his position.
The police have raided his house, and a search operation has been carried out at both his residence and office in Hanoi.
Earlier in 2016, the ministry had been informed of an organized illegal gambling ring operating in Vietnam. Assigned the reponsibility to probe and investigate, the chief inspector reported that nothing was found and also urged the ministry to let go of the investigation process.
Consequently, the illegal gambling ring not only expanded its operations but also couldn’t be busted. Later in 2018, it was found that both Phan Van Vink, former Director of the General Police Department, and Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former Director of the Ministry’s Department for High-Tech Crime Prevention had been complicit in the operations and were the key members of the operations.
As the entire set up was dismantled, the chief investigators have now arrested the chief inspector for his alleged involvements.
Post-investigation the authorities had said that the illegal gambling ring had generated VND 9.8 trillion ($426m) before it was busted.