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S$1.74 Million Seized In Police Operation Against Unlawful Remote Gambling

by July 29, 2019 General

The Police have arrested 33 men and three women, aged between 26 and 75, for their suspected involvement in unlawful remote gambling.

In an operation conducted on 28 July 2019, Police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Police Intelligence Department and Special Operations Command mounted simultaneous raids at multiple locations island-wide, including Bedok, Pasir Ris, Toa Payoh, Rivervale and Chinatown, resulting in the arrests. During the operation, cash amounting to about S$1,740,000, computers, mobile phones and other documents such as electronic betting records were seized. The Police also initiated the freezing of the suspects’ bank accounts.

11 men, aged between 26 and 40, will be charged in court on 30 July 2019 for offences under the Remote Gambling Act 2014. Investigations against the remaining suspects are ongoing.

Under the Remote Gambling Act 2014, any person who provides unlawful remote gambling services for another shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $20,000 and not more than $200,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both. Under the Organised Crime Act, any person who is or acts as a member of a locally-linked organised criminal group shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation & Intelligence) concurrent Director of CID Florence Chua said, The Police have zero tolerance against persons who are involved in unlawful remote gambling activities. We will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those who flout the law and deprive them of their ill-gotten gains.

Source: Singapore Police Force