Raids on Alleged Online Casino Scams Lead to 12 Arrests

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In a recent series of police raids in Cavite and Parañaque, twelve individuals were apprehended for their involvement in suspected online casino scams, as reported by John Consulta on “24 Oras” last Friday.

The operations, carried out by the National Capital Region Police Office and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), targeted individuals who, according to NCRPO Regional Director Police Major General Melencio Nartarez Jr., were former employees of a POGO company. Allegedly, these Filipinos went on to establish their own online casino hub.

The accusations suggest that they scammed clients who didn’t receive their money back, with the reported sum of PHP200 million gambled and lost in a casino.

PAGCOR highlighted that the operation lacked necessary permits processed with the agency.

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One of the arrested individuals, Encar Cordova, denied running a scam operation, asserting that they were making payments. Cordova claimed that if clients cashed out, they received their money, with a maximum limit of PHP100K daily. Cordova stated they were unaware of the licensing requirement.

Aside from seizing computers and gadgets, the NCRPO also confiscated undocumented cars believed to be used by the suspects. The individuals now face charges related to illegal gambling and violations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act.


via GMA News Online