The Cangnan police in Wenzhou, Zhejiang successfully destroyed a full-chain criminal gang that provided financial settlement for cross-border online gambling, and arrested 16 criminal suspects, involving more than 500 million yuan.
Online gambling money laundering services
In March of this year, the Cangnan County Public Security Bureau’s Cyber Security Brigade learned of an important clue during their work. Someone set up a fund channel online to provide money laundering services for gambling platforms.
The clue was related to the crime of cross-border online gambling, and immediately attracted the attention of the police, so a special class was set up to carry out project management.
The task force made a scientific plan and launched the first round of net collection operations in Cangnan, Yiwu and other places on April 26, and successfully captured more than 10 people including a “code merchant” Chen who was engaged in the settlement of gambling funds, and a gambling participant Li, and destroyed a place. Located in Wangli, Cangnan, a “code merchant studio” specializing in fund settlement.
The so-called code merchants are offline merchants who use QR codes to collect money. In order to avoid capital risks, some criminals gather various payment “QR codes”, simulate normal payment forms, and avoid the strict supervision mechanism of third-party platforms to implement fund settlement, commonly known as “fourth-party payment platforms”. Some code merchants still provide payment and settlement assistance for their crimes when they know that others are using information networks to commit crimes, and they end up hurting themselves.
After conducting a comprehensive study and judgment, the Cangnan police found out the entire chain of criminal industries such as gold owners, technicians, and membership code dealers behind the fund settlement platform.
On May 26, the police carried out the second round of arrests in Zhengzhou, Zhumadian, Henan, Yichang, Hubei, Xi’an, Shaanxi and other places. Zhu Moumou and other 11 suspects.
According to the investigation of Cangnan police, since September 2020, the criminal suspect Wang has illegally obtained a mobile payment interface for economic benefits, and has built a fund settlement platform such as “Gaomou Group” for Zhu, Yang and others. Zhu and others used the platform to specialize in cross-border gambling and other black-based fund settlement businesses, and developed more than 100 famous code merchants such as Chen, Zhu, and Yao to enter the platform, extracting commissions layer by layer to make profits.
The suspects Chen Mou, Zhu Mou Mou, Yao Mou and others set up “code merchant studios” in Cangnan, Zhejiang, Zhumadian, Henan, Yichang, Hubei and other places, falsely registered dozens of companies, collected a large number of payment accounts, and called criminals. More than ten suspects, including Wang Mouru, Jin Mou, and Du Mou, engaged in fund settlement activities for gambling crimes, and the funds involved in the related platforms reached more than 500 million yuan.
It is understood that the gang involved a large number of people and a wide distribution area, and has formed a complete criminal ecological chain. At present, the criminal suspect Wang and other 16 people have been taken criminal compulsory measures by the Cangnan police on suspicion of the crime of opening a casino and helping information network criminal activities. Li and other 3 gambling participants have been under administrative detention, and the case is under further investigation.
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