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Football betting syndicate busted

Police have arrested eight men who had allegedly received up to S$750,000 worth of bets in the past two weeks.

SINGAPORE: Amid excitement over the World Cup, eight men, aged between 28 and 48, were arrested for suspected involvement with illegal football bookmaking and punting activities.

Police announced on Wednesday (July 2) that officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Police Intelligence Department (PID) had conducted islandwide operations in areas such as Clementi West, Tampines and Bedok Central over two days, from the day before.

Police seized S$190,000 cash, as well as an array of computers, laptops, handphones and documents including betting records. The suspects had allegedly received bets amounting to about S$750,000 in the past two weeks.

If found guilty, those who bet with a bookmaker may be fined up to S$5,000 and could be jailed for up to six months. Those involved in bookmaking may be fined up to S$200,000, and may be imprisoned for up to five years.

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