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Chinese Authorities Freeze Boyaa Funds, Suggest Seizure Forthcoming

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Chinese Authorities Freeze Boyaa Funds, Suggest Seizure Forthcoming

Hong Kong-based Boyaa Interactive International, Ltd., one of the leading developers of the Texas Hold’em mobile apps that were targeted in a major Chinese crackdown targeting illegal gambling, has acknowledged in an announcement to shareholders that a healthy chunk of its liquid assets have been frozen by China pending continuing investigation into how much profit the company earned in connection with the underground gambling activity.
According to a Boyaa statement, the company learned in March that authorities had frozen RMB 635 million (about US $88.6 million) in bank accounts it described as “idle cash reserves,” which it used for short-term investments and other management projects. The company petitioned a Chinese court in August to have the funds released, and received a reply less than a week later that the funds would remain frozen, as investigations into Boyaa executives and employees implicated in connection with the widespread underground-poker operations continue.
Boyaa Interactive’s Chairman and CEO, Zheng Wei, was sentenced last September to 12 months in prison (with an additional 18 months’ time deferred) after being found guilty of “bribes by an entity” in connection with the operation of the scheme. Zheng Wei and others at Boyaa Interactive were found to be knowingly promoting the use of the poker apps for their use as proxies supporting the underground gambling rings. Boyaa also used the games as a one-off to pro...
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