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Vietnam’s ex-police chief arrested in major illegal online gambling probe

Vietnam’s former police chief Lt-Gen Phan Van Vinh has been taken into custody on charges of abusing power while serving in the position in activities concerning major online gambling, Vietnam News Online reported on Saturday (April 7).

According to the official announcement of the Ministry of Public Security released on Friday, the Department of Public Security of Phu Tho province issued an arrest warrant and 4-month detention on the 63-year old former director-general of the Police General Department while officials from the Investigation Security Agency launched a criminal proceedings against him.

Phan Van Vinh was accused of using the internet to appropriate assets, organize gambling activity, illegally trade invoices and launder money in Phu Tho and other localities.

President Than Dai Quang also signed an order on Friday stripping Vinh of the title of People’s Public Security Officer.

Earlier on March 11, Phu Tho police issued an arrest warrant against Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former director of the MoP’s Police Department for high-tech crime prevention, for alleged involvement in the illegal online gambling.

Two other individuals, Phan Sao Nam, chairman of the VTC Online Telecommunications Company, and Nguyen Van Duong, chairman of the Hi-Tech Security Development and Investment Company, were accused masterminding the online gambling ring.

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