10 Koreans caught for online gambling

Posted at 02/05/2014 1:39 PM

MANILA -- Ten Korean nationals were arrested on Tuesday in Taguig City for allegedly facilitating illegal online gambling.

Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa, chief of Philippine National Police – Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG), said the suspects had been facilitating online gambling for Korean bettors.

The suspects, composed of 8 men and 2 women, were arrested inside several units at the East Tower of One Serendra Condominium in Taguig City.

Sosa said 2 of the Koreans, identified as Lee Youn-ju and Jin Ho-lee, are wanted in their home country.

He said the International Criminal Police Organization – South Korea wrote the PNP on December 14, 2012, asking for assistance to locate 8 Korean fugitives involved in online gambling and believed to be operating in the Philippines.

The Koreans were ordered arrested by Judge Raineda H. Estacio-Montesa of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for violating Republic Act 8484 ( (Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998) and Presidential Decree 1602 as amended by RA 9287 (An Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Number Games).

Seized from the suspects were various passbooks, mobile phones, identification cards, documents, laptops, network devices, telephones, desktop computers, and cards.

Sosa said a digital forensic examination by Inspector Seo Seung-whan of the Korean National Police on the seized computers revealed that the suspects were "operating online gambling in the Philippines to Korean bettors where payments [are] made through online banking and credit card."

The Koreans are now under the custody of PNP-ACG.