11 arrested over illegal bets; syndicate received $3 million over 2 weeks

About $3 million over the past two weeks.

That's how much illegal bets a syndicate operating in Singapore is believed to have received.

Police arrested 11 people on Sunday (May 3) for their suspected involvement in providing remote gambling services.

During simultaneous raids at BalestierHougangTiong BahruTanjong Pagar, Newton and Woodlands, officers nabbed the nine men and two women aged between 26 and 51.

Authorities seized about $215,000 in cash, computers, mobile phones and other documents such as betting records and bank transaction record booklets.

Police investigations are ongoing.

This is the first syndicate to be investigated by the Singapore Police Force under the new Remote Gambling Act, which came into force on Feb 2.

Under the Act, it is illegal to facilitate others to gamble illegally, or for operators to provide unauthorised remote gambling services.

A person found guilty of providing unlawful remote gambling services for another can be fined up to $200,000 and/or jailed for up to five years.