Police in Singapore are investigating 12 people for alleged involvement in illegal gambling.
Singapore.- Police are investigating 12 people for suspected involvement in illegal gambling following a series of raids carried out between February 26 and March 9. The eleven men and one woman are aged between 34 and 80.
Three men are suspected of being bookmakers and two of them are being investigated for an alleged offence under the Remote Gambling Act. A 71-year-old woman is believed to have bought a ticket from an 80-year-old man running an illegal public lottery.
During the raids, police seized money, mobile phones and gambling-related paraphernalia.
In Singapore, bookmakers may be fined $20,000 to $200,000 and can be sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail. Those who place bets with a bookmaker may be fined up to $5,000 and receive up to six months in jail, or both.
A week ago, a man called Seet Seo Boon was fined S$620,000 (US$456,000) for running an online gambling syndicate between 2011 and 2016. The High Court heard that the syndicate generated more than S$100m (US$75m) in revenue from two illegal gambling websites.