11 Arrested for Remote Gambling Services in Singapore, First Crackdown on Syndicate Since New Laws Took Effect
Preliminary investigations have steered Singapore police to arrest 11 people in connection with illegally offering remote gambling services that wasn’t authorized. The suspects have received more than SGD3 million in bets from their illegal website in the past few weeks. Police raided the suspects houses with seizing more than SGD215,000 in cash plus betting and banking records, phones and computers.
The Remote Gambling Act was enforced in February with blocking all illegal online gambling sites in the country. Payment blocking orders were issued in February by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. This bill took effect April 17th. One of the main reasons the Remote Gambling Act 2014 was enforced is to block all remote gambling sites that unlawfully impair players to sign up and deposit money into the sites. Deputy Commissioner of Police Investigations and Intelligence released this statement regarding the Act-
“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.”
If the 11 suspects are found guilty they could face jail time up to five years, a hefty fine of S$200,000 or both. Individuals found using the services could also be fined up to $5,000, or jailed up to six months, or both.
“This is the first syndicate to be investigated by the Singapore Police Force under the new Act. Police are determined to stamp out unlawful remote gambling and will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those who flout the law.” – Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations & Intelligence and CID) Tan Chye Hee