7 people investigated for illegal horse betting activities

Six men and a woman, aged between 39 and 73, are being investigated for their suspected involvement in illegal horse betting activities.

The police conducted enforcement operations along Woodlands Street 11, Woodlands Drive 14 and Yishun Avenue 5 on Oct 13.

"Two men, aged 57 and 73, are being investigated for their suspected involvement as bookmakers while another three men, aged between 39 and 59, are being investigated for allegedly betting with bookmakers," the police said in a statement.

"In addition, a 52-year-old woman is being investigated for allegedly receiving bets using remote communication from another 73-year-old man, who is also being investigated for purported unlawful remote gambling."

More than $440 in cash, three mobile phones, and betting paraphernalia were seized.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Anyone found guilty of betting with a bookmaker may be fined up to $5,000, jailed up to six months, or both.

The same penalty applies to those found guilty of unlawful remote gambling.

Anyone convicted of bookmaking will face a fine between $20,000 and $200,000, and up to five years' jail.

Those found guilty of providing unlawful remote gambling services will face a fine between $20,000 and $200,000, up to five years' jail, or both

"The police take a serious view against all forms of illegal gambling and betting activities and members of the public are advised to steer clear of these activities," the statement added.

"Individuals found to be involved in such activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law."