Police smash illegal gambling syndicate, 13 arrested in islandwide raids - Tuesday 12th of July 2005

Police smashed an illegal gambling syndicate after they arrested 13 people in an islandwide operation.

In eight simultaneous raids on Saturday, CID officers from the Gambling Suppression Branch busted the illegal horse-betting and 4D syndicate.

Two women and 11 men, aged between 31 and 56 years old, were arrested.

The syndicate operated mainly at Toh Tuck, Hougang, Circuit Road, Lengkok Bahru, Lichi Ave, Kranji race course and Rangoon off-course betting centre.

It had a pool of punters who would bet with them directly.

Illegal bets would be collected in HDB flats and private apartments while the betting transactions were conducted through telephone calls.

During the raids, items like mobile phones, telephones, pagers and betting records amounting to about $116,000 on illegal horse-racing as well as illegal 4D were seized.

Of the 13 people arrested, 12 of them will be charged in court on Monday, while one person is released on bail pending further investigation.

Three will be charged with the offence of acting as a bookmaker, and another three for assisting in carrying on a public lottery.

Both offences carry a fine of up to $200,000 and a jail term not exceeding five years.

Six of them will be charged with betting with a bookmaker. If convicted, they face a fine of up to $5,000 or a jail term of six months.

Two of them also face an additional charge of possessing radio communications equipment without a licence, an offence which carries a fine not exceeding $10,000 or up to three years in jail.

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