Police have arrested six men and three women aged between 37 and 69 for their suspected involvement in running an illegal gambling syndicate.
Following extensive intelligence probes into the operations of an illegal gambling syndicate, Police managed to establish the identities of nine syndicate members who are believed to be involved in the operations of the syndicate by collecting illegal 4D bets as well as bets on horse races.
In an eight hour operation led by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department ( CID ) and Police Intelligence Department (PID) which commenced in the afternoon of 5 June 2011, all nine suspects were arrested during simultaneous raids conducted at public housing estates and condominiums at Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok, Yung Sheng Road, Jurong West, and Hong San Walk.
During the operation, cash amounting to about S$5,250/-, eight mobile phones, two computers and an assortment of notebooks and pieces of paper with entries believed to be related to illegal betting were recovered and seized as case exhibits. The value of the bets collected by the syndicate is estimated at about S$138,000/-.
Four of the suspects – three men and one woman aged 37 to 56, will be charged in Court while investigation are on-going against the other suspects.
Assistant Director of the Specialised Crime Division CID , Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Goh Lam Kiong, said, “This operation is a continuation of our relentless efforts to crack down on illegal betting activities. We will take prompt enforcement action to curb such illegal betting activities wherever they emerge.”
Under the Betting Act, Chapter 21,
- any person who bets with a bookmaker is liable on conviction to a fine up to a maximum of $5,000, or to imprisonment of up to six months, or both.
- Any person who is found to be involved in bookmaking is liable on conviction to a fine between $20,000 and $200,000, and shall also be punished with imprisonment for up to five years.
Under the Common Gaming Houses Act, Chapter 49,
- anyone who places bets on an illegal public lottery is liable on conviction to a fine up to a maximum fine of S$5,000, or to imprisonment of up to six months or both.
- Anyone who is found to have assisted in the carrying on of an illegal public lottery is liable on conviction to a fine between S$20,000 and S$200,000, and shall also be liable to imprisonment for up to five years.