30 sentenced for running casinos in south China

Updated: 2015-12-09 09:54


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KUNMING - Thirty people were given prison terms on Tuesday of up to 6 years for running casinos in south China's Yunnan Province.

Wang Lijuan, a founder and shareholder of Kunming Tangcheng Entertainment Company, was sentenced to 6 years in jail for running casinos, according to the Qilin District People's Court in Qujing City.

Wang was also fined 1 million yuan (160,000 U.S. dollars).

Another 29 accomplices were given terms up to five and a half years and fined up to 600,000 yuan.

They were accused of making profits of about 43 million yuan by providing gambling machines to a number of amusement arcades.

Casinos are illegal in China.