16 men, aged between 42 and 76, are assisting with investigations for their suspected involvement in illegal betting activities following an enforcement operation conducted by Clementi Police Division along Clementi West Street 2 and Bukit Merah Central on 23 August 2020.
All 16 men are being investigated for offences under the Betting Act. Two of the men, aged 42 and 67, are also under investigations for offences under the Remote Gambling Act. Cash amounting to $534 and gambling paraphernalia were seized.
Police investigations are ongoing.
Under Section 5(1) of the Betting Act, any person who bets with a bookmaker shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both. Under Section 5(3) of the Betting Act, any person who is found to be involved in bookmaking shall be liable upon conviction to a fine of not less than $20,000 and not more than $200,000 and shall also be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years. Under Section 8(1) of the Remote Gambling Act, any person who bets using remote communication; or with a remote gambling service that is not provided by an exempt operator, shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or imprisonment for term not exceeding six months or both.
The Police will continue to clamp down on criminal activities, including illegal betting. Those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law.
Source: Singapore Police Force