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The Dark Side of Sports Betting: Group Pleads Guilty to Loansharking, Kidnapping

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Jun/07/2019

Tam V. Nguyen, 51, of South Boston, pleaded guilty to loansharking and gambling charges in federal court in Boston Thursday.  Scroll down for all of today's consensus plays.


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Nguyen is alleged to have engaged in an illegal gambling business from September 2016 through August 2017, and was a bookmaker who conspired to collect a “large gambling debt” from a bettor, the US Attorney’s office said in a statement released on Thursday.  A statement issued by the US Attorney's office claims Nguyen attempted to collect extensions of credit by extortionate means.

“In an intercepted telephone call, Nguyen told a conspirator to ‘go ahead and be firm, be firm with him. That will make him afraid and try hard to take care of it. That’s all,’ ” according to the US Attorney’s office.

This investigation resulted in kidnapping charges lodged against four other suspects.  Kim Nguyen, Vinh Quang Huynh, and Quang PT Le, of Dorchester were each charged with kidnapping. 

An additional suspect in the case, Ban “Bo” Tran, was present during a beating of one individual.

Tam V. Nguyen's wife, PT Le, is alleged to have kidnapped a man at knifepoint outside his home in an attempt to collect on a $40,000 gambling debt.  That individual was then driven home and told to pay $10,000 of what was owed the next day.

“The next day, the victim went to law enforcement and, under the direction of law enforcement officers, made a series of controlled, recorded payments to Le,” the US Attorney’s office said in the February statement.

Kim Nguyen was already sentenced to a year behind bars.  Le was sentenced in May of last year to six years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Tran has been sentenced to eight months in prison, a year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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