The leaders of the ring opened accounts on international gambling and UK casino sites, and then developed a network that ran through their accounts. Qian Baochun, considered the leader of the gambling operation, was given six years in prison and a fine of $735,000.
Estimates are that the three organizers earned about $250,000 over the year or so from the spring of 2006 until July of 2007. Bets handled by the syndicate amounted to almost a billion dollars.
Other suspects had helped recruit gamblers, ran the operation on a daily basis, and received commission on profits. Even after paying the edge to the existing casinos websites, the Chinese conspirators were able to realize strong profits.
A spokesman for the court in Shanghai noted the case as China’s most notable involving online gambling, and added it marked a continuing of a policy not to tolerate Internet gambling along with other basic human rights.