EIGHTEEN Chinese nationals were arrested for access device fraud and illegal online gambling, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported on Friday.
Not only did the NBI find evidence of access device fraud — crime that involve credit or debit cards, ATM cards, bank cards, etc. in electronic monetary transactions — but they said that the Chinese nationals also operated illegal online casino websites.
The NBI said in a statement that the Chinese nationals were arrested after the Regional Trial Court Branch 66 of Capas, Tarlaca issued a search warrant for Royal Genghis International Development Inc., located at Savers Mall, McArthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City.
“Sufficient information warranting the application of the Search Warrant was based on the verification process and surveillance operations conducted by the NBI operatives,” NBI said.
During the search, the NBI seized evidence such as “mobile phones, desktop computers, laptops, blank java cards, skimming devices, debit cards, unused sim cards, flash drives, routers, and network hubs” in the premises.
The Chinese nationals will undergo an inquest before the Department of Justice (DoJ) for violating the Access Devices Regulation Act and the Illegal Gambling Law. — Gillian M. Cortez