The police have arrested 74 people between May 1 and July 1 this year across Singapore because they are suspected to be involved in illegal soccer betting group (syndicate) activities.
Consequences of illegal betting
Under the Betting Act, Chapter 21, any person who bets with a gambler (bookmaker) can face these consequences:
- fined up to $5,000.
- jailed up to six months.
- both of the above.
In addition, gamblers (*hyperlink/cut short* ) can be:
- Fined up to $200,000
- Jailed up to a maximum of 5 years
Seized possessions during the raid
The police seized:
- More than $78,000 in cash
- Electronic devices that assisted in (facilitated) the activities
The two-month long operation, labeled (dubbed) Soga (soccer gambling) IV, rounded up nearly 300 people across Asia countries (link) with Singapore’s arrests forming about a quarter of the total arrests.
Collaboration with Interpol
These arrests were coordinated by Interpol (link) to combat illegal soccer gambling in Asia linked to organized crime gangs.
Reason for these operations
Head of the organized crime branch of Interpol’s Drugs and Criminal Organizations unit Crusade Yau:
- breaking up illegal gambling dens and the criminal networks behind them
The police would continue to cooperate with Interpol to combat the unlawful (illicit) activities.