Police have arrested three members of an illegal betting syndicate at the Paiza Club in Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Casino.
Investigations by the Casino Crime Investigation Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) revealed that the syndicate members, two Singaporean men and an Indonesian man aged 43 to 48, approached patrons at the Paiza Club to offer them illegal insurance bets at the baccarat tables between April and Jun 2011. Such acts amounted to offering private bets which is an offence under the Betting Act, Chapter 21.
Items seized from the suspects included more than $46, 000 worth of casino chips, a cheque with value for $100,000 and cash amounting to about $78,000.
The suspects will be charged in Court for the offence of acting as a bookmaker under Section 5(3)(a) of the Betting Act. Anyone found guilty of the offence shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $20,000 and not more than $200,000 and shall also be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.
Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck, advised casino patrons not to make illegal bets with illegal bookmakers.
He warned further that “Police will take stern and swift action against persons involved in any illegal activities inside the casinos. Foreigners involved in such activities risk being prohibited from re-entering Singapore in future. Tough action will be taken against these criminal elements, which includes banning them from entering casinos where necessary. We will stay vigilant to prevent any illegal syndicate from ever taking root in the casinos. ”