11 charged for operating multimillion dollar illegal gambling ring

11 charged for operating multimillion dollar illegal gambling ring

Eleven members of a recently crippled organised crime group have been charged on Tuesday (Nov 29) for operating a large and profitable illegal remote gambling ring.

11 charged for illegal gambling
Some of the suspects arriving in court on Nov 29, 2016 in police vans for their involvement in operating a vast online gambling ring. (Photo: Robin Choo/TODAY)

SINGAPORE: Eleven members of a recently crippled organised crime group have been charged on Tuesday (Nov 29) for operating a large and profitable illegal remote gambling ring.

The police arrested 33 suspected members of the syndicate in multiple simultaneous raids on Sunday, seizing S$1.3 million in cash and freezing another S$6.5 million held in several bank accounts.

Thirty-six properties across Bedok, Bishan, Choa Chu Kang, Hougang, Serangoon, Tampines and Yishun valued at S$39 million were also seized.

Based on initial investigations, the syndicate is believed to have run several illegal online betting websites, facilitating lottery and horse betting, the police said on Monday night, in a release announcing the arrests.

The organised crime group involved networks of agents and punters betting through the group's websites, and members facilitating the ring's activities by registering betting websites, performing network support, collecting monies or tallying accounts for the group, police added.

The eleven members charged on Tuesday face an array of charges, ranging from collecting small sums of about S$24 from gamblers placing bets and moving S$30,000 in proceeds between bank accounts linked to the group, to handing S$65,000 in prize money.

The 11 accused are:

1. Seet Siau Khuang
2. See Chye Huat
3. Seet Seo Boon
4. Lean Kay Cheong
5. Tok Poh Ling
6. Seet Seow Huat
7. See Mui Khim
8. Ow Choon Bok
9. Seah Ee Lam
10. Lim Beng Tiong
11. Seet Sian Thian
All have been remanded, as investigations are ongoing. They will next appear in court on Dec 6.

Under the Organised Crime Act, any person involved in a Singapore-linked OCG could be fined up to S$100,000 and jailed up to five years.

Under the Remote Gambling Act, those who provide a Singapore-based remote gambling service could be liable for a fine of between S$20,000 and S$500,000 and be jailed for a maximum of seven years.

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