8 men investigated for illegal gambling activities at Marsiling Road

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

Officers from Woodlands Police Division conducted enforcement operations against illegal gambling activities in the vicinity of Marsiling Road on June 1.

Two men, aged 61 and 67, were allegedly found to have acted as bookmakers to six others, aged between 50 and 73.

"One of the men, aged 61, was also investigated for the offence of receiving bets using remote communication under the Remote Gambling Act," police added.

Cash of about $1,100, one handphone and gambling paraphernalia were seized as case exhibits.

Investigations are ongoing.

Under the Betting Act, any person who is found to be involved in bookmaking shall be liable on conviction to a fine between $20,000 and $200,000, and shall also be punished with up to five years in jail. Under the same Act, any person who bets with a bookmaker shall be liable on conviction to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to six months in jail.

Under the Remote Gambling Act, any person involved in unlawful remote gambling shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 and/or up to six months in jail.

The police said they take a serious view of all forms of illegal gambling activities and will continue to take tough enforcement action against those who are involved in such activities.