NBI nets 16 aliens in anti-illegal online gambling, fraud ops

MANILAThe National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday announced the arrest of 15 Chinese nationals for illegal online gambling and a Nigerian swindler in separate operations in Manila, ParaAaque and Angeles City, Pampanga last week.

Yu Shize, Lin Hai Yang, Li Jun Qing, Yu Wen Quian, Xiao Wen Law, Cai Shui Rong, Lin Jingming, Ji Shi Lin, Qiu Zai Wei and Xiao Jian Ze, were arrested in an operation in Angeles City on Nov. 23.

The group conducted operations from a house at Marigold St. Cor. Don Tomas Dizon Ave. Punta Verde Subd. in Pulong, Angeles City in a house owned by Li Kun Ling.

Seized from the operation were 13 desktop computers, 25 smartphones and 24 prepaid SIM cards.

The seized computers were subjected to "OS Triage" by NBI digital forensics experts to confirm the illegal online gambling operations.

The group ran fictitious QQ e-mail accounts to entice male accounts as well and used fictitious WeChat accounts,"Jack and Poy" Online operations and pornographic photos.

The NBI also presented five individuals who were arrested in a separate operation in three condominium units in Manila on Nov. 22.

The suspects were identified as Pan Jianbei, Pan Taiyuan, Jie Lu, Shengbo Zhang and Jian Lou Zhou.

NBI agents captured screenshots of online gambling activities including online payments and betting games.

The 15 individuals in the two operations were charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1602 otherwise known as the Anti-Illegal Gambling Act in relation to Republic Act 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

NBI Cyber Crime Division chief Vicente De Guzman confirmed that the groups entered the country legally under "tourist" visas.

The NBI also arrested Sean Charles Ogun, a Nigerian national, in ParaAaque for computer fraud.

Ogun was arrested in an entrapment operation last Nov. 14 on a computer hacking scam which diverted funds from victims' bank accounts. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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