Media Releases | Jul 201410 Jul 2014
Police Crippled Soccer Betting Syndicate
Police have arrested 15 suspects comprising 12 men and 3 women, aged between 26 and 61, for their suspected involvement with illegal bookmaking activities.
On 10 July 2014 at about 4.00 am, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Police Intelligence Department (PID) conducted islandwide operations at various locations in Singapore, including Tampines, Lorong Salleh, Bukit Batok, Hougang, Aljunied, Punggol, Pine Close, Bartley, Bedok and Anchorvale, resulting in the arrests. Cash amounting to about S$860,000, as well as an array of computers, handphones, laptops and documents such as betting records were also seized during the raids. Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are believed to have received soccer bets amounting to an estimated S$880,000 in the past three weeks alone.
Investigations against the suspects are ongoing.
Under the Betting Act, Chapter 21, any person who bets with a bookmaker shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both. Any person who is found to be involved in bookmaking 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 five years.
Head of the Specialised Crime Branch of CID, Superintendent of Police Lawrence Eng said, “This is the fourth in a series of operations which the Police had conducted as part of our continuous efforts to clamp down hard and fast on illegal soccer betting. From these operations, Police have arrested a total of 56 suspects and seized cash of about $2.8 million. Bookmakers who assume that they can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to commit criminal offences would face the full extent of the law upon their arrest. We will also like to advise members of the public to steer clear of illegal betting websites”.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
10 Jul 2014 @ 7.00pm
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