Police arrest 6 Koreans behind online bets

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

CEBU CITY -- Intelligence operatives arrested six South Koreans during a raid inside a high-end condominium in Barangay Camputhaw, this city, Friday afternoon for allegedly running an online illegal gambling operation.

Chief Inspector George Ylanan, head of the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG)-Central Visayas, identified the six as So Ki Won, 34; Zu Woo Rum, 30; Kim Moon Oh, 31; Han Jae Hak, 28; Jeom Gin You, 28; and Kim Yong Un, 29.

This is the second time that law enforcers caught South Korean men in Cebu City who are allegedly involved in the multi-billion-dollar business.

South Koreans gambling style in Cebu
GAMBLING STYLE. Six South Koreans wait for the next move from the Regional Special Operations Group after being arrested in Camputhaw, Cebu City for allegedly running an online betting operation. (Sun.Star Photo/Allan Defensor)


Police stormed five adjacent apartments during Friday’s operation past 12 p.m. They carried a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 Judge Sylva Paderanga against Muncki Beck.

“We caught them red-handed,” Ylanan said during the press briefing.

Recovered from the group were 14 computer monitors, eight central processing units, two laptops, a hard drive, cellular phones and bank books of their alleged clients.

Ylanan said they had received information that the men kept so many computer sets in their rooms, so the police conducted surveillance for a month.

Their informant started giving them tips following their operation inside a subdivision in Lapu-Lapu City last August that also led to the arrest of five South Koreans.

“They took cover here in our country because they are easily traced in South Korea. They are offshoring,” the police official said.

Clients allegedly pay through online transactions with an international bank when a major sporting event, such as basketball or baseball, takes place. They get their money back, plus a share of the pot, if they win.

An online report estimated that the market for illegal sports betting online in Korea could be worth nearly US$10.8 billion.

When interviewed by reporters, the suspects refused to answer questions.

“We believe that both groups come from different operators. Incidentally, they have no Filipino cohorts,” Ylanan said.

The group will face a complaint for allegedly violating Republic Act 9287, which increased the penalties for illegal numbers games.

The Department of Tourism reported that Koreans account for the largest group of tourists in the Philippines.

From January to June this year, 474,685 Koreans came to the Philippines, which is about 22.18 percent of the total tourist arrivals of 2.14 million.

Compared to the first half of 2011, the number of Koreans who arrived in the Philippines from January to June 2012 went up by 10.4 percent. (DSM/Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 20, 2012.

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