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JOINT OPS OF SG AND M’SIA POLICE AGAINST REMOTE GAMBLING, 43 PEOPLE ARRESTED

Massive Crackdown on Illegal Betting Operations: 43 Arrested in Joint Singapore-Malaysia Operation

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In a significant blow to organized crime, 43 individuals, including 41 men and two women, aged 34 to 82, were arrested for their suspected involvement in an unlawful remote betting operation. The joint operation, conducted by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), took place from June 30 to July 1, 2024, and resulted in the largest crackdown on illegal betting activities in recent memory.

Concurrent Raids in Singapore and Malaysia

SPF officers carried out simultaneous raids at multiple locations across Singapore, leading to the arrest of 37 men and two women. Meanwhile, RMP officers conducted raids in Malaysia, resulting in the arrest of four Singaporean men. The coordinated effort demonstrates the commitment of both law enforcement agencies to combat transnational crime groups.

Seizure of Assets and Evidence

During the operation, SPF issued prohibition of disposal orders for seven properties with an estimated value of more than S$10.7 million. Additionally, cash, jewelry, luxury watches, and over 40 bank accounts with a total estimated value of nearly S$4 million were seized to prevent the dissipation of suspected criminal proceeds. Electronic devices, including computers and mobile phones, as well as gambling-related paraphernalia, were also confiscated as case exhibits.

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Charges and Penalties

Eight men and one woman will be charged in court on July 2, 2024, for offences under the Gambling Control Act 2022. The penalty for conducting an unlawful betting operation as an agent is a fine of up to S$200,000 and imprisonment for up to five years. Investigations against the other individuals are ongoing.

Police Warning and Commitment

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation and Intelligence) and concurrent director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Zhang Weihan, emphasized the police’s zero-tolerance stance against illegal betting activities. “The Police take a serious view against all forms of illegal betting activities and will continue to take tough enforcement action, and prosecute those involved to the fullest extent of the law.” Zhang also expressed gratitude to SPF’s Malaysian counterparts for their “strong support and commitment” in tackling transnational crime groups.

The public is advised to steer clear of all forms of illegal gambling, and the authorities will continue to work together to disrupt and dismantle organized criminal groups involved in such activities.

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