110 people under investigation for vice activities, gambing and unlicensed moneylending

A total of 110 people are being investigated for their suspected involvement in various illicit activities, including vice, gambling and unlicensed moneylending.

The suspects, aged between 17 and 70, were hauled in by officers after a joint operation conducted from Apr 26 to 28.

The operation was led by officers from Tanglin Division and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and supported by officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

Cash, computers and other electronic hardware worth about $7,000 in all, along with e-vaporisers and gambling paraphernalia, were seized following several raids in the operation.

Among the suspects, 48 women, aged between 20 and 47, are being investigated for vice activities after raids were conducted at various massage establishments and commercial units at Toa Payoh, Bukit Timah, River Valley and Sin Ming Road.

Eleven people, aged between 54 and 70, are being investigated for their alleged involvement in roles such as illegal bookmakers, runners and punters after raids in Bishan and Toa Payoh to tackle unlawful gambling activities.

Cash amounting to $2,022, mobile phones, and other gambling paraphernalia were seized.

Officers also raided two offices along Burn Road where 19 people, aged between 21 and 65, were allegedly found gaming remotely.

Over $5,000 in cash, computers, and electronic hardware facilitating remote gaming were seized as case exhibits.

Six women at public entertainment outlets in Orchard Road were arrested for working without a valid work permit. Eleven electronic vaporisers were also seized.

It is an offence to sell, possess for sale, import or distribute e-vaporisers and related components. Those convicted can be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to six months, or both. The maximum sentence is doubled for repeat offenders.

It is also an offence for anyone to possess, purchase or use e-vaporisers and their related components. The penalty is a fine of up to $2,000 for each offence. 

The joint operation also saw 26 individuals aged between 17 and 69 brought in for investigation for their alleged involvement in unlicensed moneylending activities and for operating as money mules.

Carrying on or assisting in a business of unlicensed moneylending is illegal, and carries a jail term of up to four years, a fine of between $30,000 and $300,000, and caning of up to six strokes.  

Those convicted of cheating can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined, while those found guilty of money laundering face a jail term of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $500,000, or both. 

Carrying on a business to provide any type of payment service in Singapore without a licence carries a fine of up to $125,000, a jail term of up to three years, or both. 

Those involved in illicit activities will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law, said Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Cheong Chee Ming, commander of the Tanglin Police Division.

He said: "The joint operation led by Tanglin Police Division demonstrates the police’s ongoing effort to keep the streets safe and secure for everyone.

"We will continue to sustain the tempo of operations and work closely with other law enforcement agencies to take tough actions against those involved in illicit activities."