Australian National Arrested In Online Gambling Charges In China

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Feb 16, 2018

Unidentified man among 52 arrested in police sweeps

The Australian Foreign Affairs ministry has confirmed that it has been notified of an Australian national arrested in China on allegations of involvement in online gambling.

The ministry is providing consular support for the man, who was reportedly arrested along with 51 others in a police anti-online gambling sweep; his identity has not been released, but he is apparently of Chinese ethnicity but Australian citizenship.

Chinese media reports indicate that the arrests took place in Jiangsu province and were part of a 200 officer-strong police operation that targeted several cities in the province.

The Xinhua news agency reported early February that 27 people were arrested and another 25 were still detained as part of a wider investigation launched by police in Shenyang, in north-east China, targeting an online gambling group. Assets worth 43.6 million yuan ($8.7 million) were frozen as a result. The detentions took place in Guangdong, Shejiang, Jiangsu, Shanghai, and Guangxi provinces.

Local media said two of the individuals involved rented internet servers which were used to set up multiple gambling websites in China.

Brian Cullingworth

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We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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