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South Koreans in trouble for illegal gambling business


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Seal of Pasig City (Lungsod ng Pasig)Up to seven South Koreans running an illegal gambling business in the Philippines, have been charged this week after a Filipino police raid on their condo in Pasig City.

The raid which occurred last month led police to have captured computers, laptops and mobile phones from which the seven men – named as Jae Hoon Hwong, Hyeok Choi, Jin Dong Kim, Jun Min Heok, Sung Hoon Youn, Yong Beom Cho and Yong Yeom Kim – operating their illegal enterprise.

After being charged with running an illegal gambling business in the country, which has strict laws regarding online gambling, the South Koreans (see → South Korean's gambling laws) nationals were interned at Parañaque City’s Bicutan Immigration Jail.

As well as violating the gambling laws of the Philippines, the seven men are also expected to face deportation, but only after their sentencing time is served for criminal activity in the country. Even if the courts were to decide to drop the current case building up against them, the South Korean nationals would still face deportation back to their homeland.

The arrests and charges come in the wake of a similar case in July also involving South Korean nationals. Five men were arrested at this time for running a similar operation to the one the new men are arrested for. It is unclear yet if the similarities between the two illegal gambling operations are purely coincidental, or whether or not the latest case is quite simply the continuation of the same illegal gambling enterprise, although under new ownership.

Both of these South Korean cases come in the wake of a massive rise of online gambling crime in the Philippines. Two hundred and ninety seven Taiwanese men were arrested on Wednesday for “cyber crimes” although the Taiwanese embassy reacted on the matter; asking that the Philippines send home (deport) the men due to the quality of their detention conditions, which amount to little more than a gymnasium. One Taiwanese suspect has already died with several more falling ill since their capture.

The remaining Taiwanese men were placed on two outward flights bound for Taiwan from Ninoy International Airport. This particular crime dong staged themselves as Filipino police offers, issuing fraudulent claims to the populace that their bank accounts were being used by terrorists. Many elderly citizens were tricked into transferring their money into these men’s bank accounts.

Up to eighty Chinese nationals may also have been involved in the same fraud. Nothing has been proven yet however, although it is thought that they will be found guilty within the week, and deported immediately after back home to China.