12 investigated for illegal gambling: 5 arrested for allegedly acting as bookmakers

The police are investigating twelve individuals, aged between 50 and 73, for their suspected involvement in illegal gambling activities.

This comes after enforcement operations against illegal gambling activities were conducted along Woodlands Street 83 on Saturday (Nov 26).

Five men, aged between 59 and 69, were arrested for allegedly having acted as bookmakers to seven others, aged between 50 and 73.

Cash of more than $8,250, five mobile phones and gaming-related paraphernalia were seized.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Under the Gambling Control Act 2022, anyone who is found to be involved in unlawful betting operations shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not exceeding $200,000 and shall also be punished with up to five years in jail.

Under the same Act, anyone who gambles with an unlawful gambling service provider shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 and/or up to six months in jail.

The police said they take a serious view against all forms of illegal gambling activities and will continue to take tough enforcement action to the fullest extent of the law.

Members of the public are advised to steer clear of all forms of illegal gambling activities