Nine men and two women aged between 26 and 51 were arrested on Sunday (May 3) for their suspected involvement in providing remote gambling services, police said in a news release on Monday.
This is the first syndicate to be investigated by police after the Remote Gambling Act was introduced last year, the Singapore Police Force said.
The Criminal Investigation Department on Sunday launched simultaneous raids at various locations, including Balestier, Hougang, Tiong Bahru, Tanjong Pagar, Newton and Woodlands. Officers seized S$215,000 cash, computers, mobile phones, as well as betting records and bank transaction record booklets.
The suspects are believed to have received illegal bets amounting to about S$3 million in the last two weeks.
Police investigations are ongoing. If convicted, the suspects could face up to five years’ jail, a fine of between S$20,000 and S$200,000, or both.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations and Intelligence) and concurrent Director of the Criminal Investigation Department Tan Chye Hee said: “The Remote Gambling Act 2014 was enacted to tackle groups and individuals who profiteer from unlawful remote gambling to the detriment of the public at large. Police are determined to stamp out unlawful remote gambling and will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those who flout the law.”