Two South Koreans arrested for running gambling website
Two South Korean men were arrested at a Bangkok condominium Wednesday evening for having allegedly run an online gambling website here for at least six months.
Park Changhyeong and Choi Mingoo were arrested at 5:30 pm at their rented room on the 12th floor of a luxurious condominium on Phetchaburi Road in Bangkok’s Huay Kwang district.
The arrest was led by Patrol and Special Operation Police Divison Commander Pol Maj Gen Phanurat Lakboon. The team was backed up by officers from the Makkasan police station.
The two were found allegedly receiving bets in front of their computer screens. Police seized five desktop computers, six mobile phones and two passports from the suspects.
Phanurat said police have received tips-off that some South Korean men were operating online gambling in Bangkok so police checked information from websites and learned the location of the online gambling site run by the two.
Phanurat quoted the two suspects as admitting that they have been operating the website from their condo room for over six months. They said their customers are all living in South Korea. They selected Bangkok for running the site because Thailand’s penalties are much lighter than South Korea’s.
It was the third arrest of South Korean men for operating gambling websites in Bangkok within one month.
On Monday, three South Korean men were arrested at a condo room on Soi Sukhumvit 69 in Vatana district for allegedly running an online slot machine website for six months.
On May 22, seven South Korean men were arrested at a room on the 19th floor of the Belle Grand Rama 9 condominium for running a gambling website for over three years.