The leader and 66 members of a crime syndicate in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui were sentenced to time in prison on Sunday, China’s news agency Xinhua reported. The group was involved in extortion, gambling, and violence, the court verdict read.
According to Chinese authorities, the syndicate was led by 37-year-old Xing Zhaogang, who did time for assault, but was released from prison in 2012. Over a period of little over six months, his gambling operations brought in $2.9 million in profits. In order to protect his business, Xing regularly used violent force to intimidate and take out rivals.
After a trial, Xing was found guilty of running a “mafia-style gang” and using violence against his rivals. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. His 66 underlings were handed sentences ranging from several months to 14 years.
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