The PNP-Anti-Cybercrime Group Cyber Response Team (CRT) swooped down into separate units of East Tower, One Serendra Condominium located at the Fort Bonifacio, Global City, Taguig on February 4, 2014, which led in the arrest of 10 Korean nationals comprising of 8 males and 2 females for Violation of RA 8484 and PD 1602 as amended by RA 9287 (An Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Number Games)
The said operation is the result of the implementation of search warrants issued by Honorable Acting Presiding Judge, Raineda H. Estacio-Montesa of RTC Branch 46, of the City of Manila for Violation of Section 9(j) of RA 8484 (Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998).
Seized from their possession and control were assorted passbooks, assorted mobile phones, identification cards, assorted documents, laptops, network devices, telephone sets, desktop computers, assorted cards believed to be used in their illegal activities.
PSSUPT GILBERT C SOSA, Director of PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group, revealed that the operation stemmed from the letter request of International Criminal Police Organization, INTERPOL South Korea dated December 14, 2012 requesting Police assistance to locate 8 Korean fugitives involved in online gambling operation believed to be hiding and operating in the Philippines. However, only 2 were apprehended identified as LEE YOUN JU and JIN HO LEE.
Ocular digital forensic preview on the seized computers made by Senior Inspector SEO SEUNGWHAN, Korean National Police detailed at Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) disclosed that the arrested persons were caught in the act while operating online gambling in the Philippines to Korean bettors where payments made through online banking and credit card.
Arrested online operators are now under the custody of ACG with seized items for proper documentation and referral to the prosecutor for Violation of RA 8484 and PD 1602 as amended by RA 9287 (Illegal Gambling)
The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group on the instruction of the Chief PNP will continue to focus their operation on transnational organized cybercrime groups.