Authorities in Vietnam have handed out stiff sentences to members of an illegal betting ring tied to online gambling site M88.com.
On Friday, a court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced 30 individuals to jail terms while suspending sentences to another 14 individuals whose only crime was to have placed sports wagers with the gang.
Tran Hau Chi, the alleged leader of the gang at the center of Friday’s hearing, wasn’t in court, as he remains a fugitive. But his 27-year-old son Tran Long Thanh wasn’t so fortunate, and he received the lengthiest sentence, nine years in prison.
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