36 arrested for various gambling offences, cash of over $770,000 seized in island-wide raid

The police have arrested 35 men and 1 woman, aged between 26 and 63, for their suspected involvement in providing unlawful remote gambling services, operating a common gaming house, gaming in a common gaming house and operating an unlicensed moneylending syndicate.

In an operation conducted on Tuesday (June 22), police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department, and Special Operations Command mounted simultaneous raids at multiple locations island-wide.

Locations included Potong Pasir, Serangoon, Toa Payoh, Tampines, Bishan, Hougang, Pasir Ris, Punggol, Woodlands, Telok Blangah, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Batok.

During the operation, cash of more than $770,000 and electronic devices such as computers and mobile phones, pre-paid cards and gambling-related documents were seized.

The police also froze the suspects’ bank accounts.

Ten men aged between 28 and 63, will be charged in court on Wednesday with offences under the Remote Gambling Act 2014 and the Moneylenders’ Act.

In a news release, the police said they will continue to take tough enforcement action and clamp down on criminal activities, including remote gambling and loansharking.

"Those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law," they added.