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Cambodia - investigations by the DSI against illegal gambling, led to the arrest of two Thai nationals

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Department for Special Investigation (Coat of arms)Southern Asia is continuing their relentless hounding of illegal gamblers and illegal gambling in the region with full steam ahead recently. This time, the culprit or culprits are illegal Thai gambling sites in operation in Cambodia, and in particular, one Thai national who appears to be the top dog in charge.

Two main illegal gambling websites running in Cambodia were pulled and their operations tracked to reveal funded was done by two Thai businesses based in Thailand. The Department for Special Investigation (DSI) in Cambodia has taken appropriate action to bring down the Thai businessmen, and to halt the operations of the two illegal gambling sites.

Mr. Tharit Pengdit who is the Chief Officer at the Department for Special Investigation has been able to successfully establish the links between a number of illegal online gambling sites in Cambodia with Thai businessmen and operators, and has recently informed ensured that all of the assets of the businessmen were frozen, through the Bangkok Post.

It is widely believed, particularly to Colonel Surasak Na Lampang, who is another investigating operation chief, that the two businessmen had deliberately been operating their sites in Cambodia to avoid detection by Thailand, which itself has very specific and strict laws about online gambling. Mr. Na Lampang went as far as to reveal that one of the accused businessmen had prior to that, been running up to fifteen Thai betting websites. This particular businessman resides in West Bangkok.

With up to seventy five bank accounts open in his name this businessman is believed to have been raking in over eighty thousand pounds per day, which came to about twenty eight point five million pounds a year. Over one thousand daily players are believed to have been involved per day at the illegal betting sites.

The second businessman, located in north eastern Thailand is believed to have been operating seven illegal gambling sites in Cambodia, of which he would earn an approximate eight hundred million Thai Baht a year, which in British Pounds Sterling, comes to sixteen million two hundred thousand pounds, per year.

A total of one hundred and three bank accounts were frozen during the massive crackdown, including a total of eight million Thai Baht of suspicious money. After a quick raid in Thailand on three houses, computers and laptops were seized with would prove that they had been administering the illegal gambling sites from them.

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