China jails 68 in online betting scheme

    China has jailed 68 people with terms ranging from one year and five months, up to nine years, for illegal internet gambling, Xinhua reported, saying it was the country’s largest online gambling bust.
    The ring was operating in Guangdong province and attracted bets worth 484 billion yuan ($78 billion) from March 2008 to April 2013 at its online casinos.
    The court ordered the 68 to pay fines ranging from 50,000 yuan to 20 million yuan. Of those convicted, 55 were found guilty of opening online casinos, seven guilty of gambling and six guilty of both crimes, it said. The websites used by the ring included Huangguan and Yongligao.
    Gambling is illegal on mainland China, apart from through the country’s two state lottery systems.