6 uncles arrested for illegal bookmaking and illegal betting in Woodlands

Six men, aged between 48 and 74, were arrested during an enforcement operation targeting illegal gambling activities in Woodlands on Sunday (May 24).

The operation was conducted by Woodlands Police Division along Woodlands Street 32 and Marsiling Road, said police on Monday.

The six men, suspected to be involved in illegal bookmaking and illegal betting, were arrested for offences under the Betting Act.

Cash of over $800 and some gambling paraphernalia were seized during the operation.

Investigations are ongoing.

Police are also investigating the six arrested for breaching safe distancing measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

Under the Betting Act, any person who bets with a bookmaker shall be liable on conviction to a fine up to $5,000, or to imprisonment for a term up to six months, or both.

Any person who is found to be involved in bookmaking shall be liable on conviction to a fine of between $20,000 and $200,000, and shall also be punished with a jail term up to five years.

The police said they will continue to clamp down on criminal activities, including illegal gambling, and that those found engaging in such activities will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law.

"Members of the public are also advised to take the circuit breaker measures seriously," they added.