Singapore: 7 arrested for illegal horse race betting

Those arrested are accused of providing gambling services to customers.
Those arrested are accused of providing gambling services to customers.

Police have arrested seven people for illegal gambling, including five customers.

Singapore.- Police in Singapore have arrested seven people for alleged gambling activities related to horse race betting. Officers said that one of those arrested was a bookmaker while a 49-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of having supplied unlawful remote betting services.

The rest of those arrested, aged between 30 to 72 years old, are suspected of having used illicit gambling services. During the raid, police seized S$9,000 (US$6,600), mobile phones and gambling equipment.

As indicated by laws in Singapore, those found guilty of illegal gambling could face fines of up to S$5,000 as well as long as a half year prison time. Anybody sentenced for organising illegal gambling operations could face a fine between S$20,000 to S$200,000 as well as five years in jail. 

In August, police arrested 21 people for alleged gambling activities. A raid was carried out on a commercial unit in Bukit Batok Crescent, where 11 women and 10 men were said to be gambling. Officers said those arrested included a couple who were using the unit as an illegal gambling venue. The other people were arrested for gambling.

During the raid, police seized equipment. Those arrested are also accused of breaching Covid-19 measures ordered by the government. They could be fined up to $10,000 or sentenced to up to six months in prison. 

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