11 gambling syndicate suspects charged in court

Four of the 11 suspects charged with offences under the Remote Gambling Act and Common Gaming Houses Act on their way to the court in a police van yesterday. They and 22 others were arrested on Sunday after one of the largest operations against a cri
Four of the 11 suspects charged with offences under the Remote Gambling Act and Common Gaming Houses Act on their way to the court in a police van yesterday. They and 22 others were arrested on Sunday after one of the largest operations against a criminal syndicate.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The nine men and two women are among the 33 suspects arrested on Sunday in simultaneous raids on 30 locations

Eleven alleged members of a multimillion-dollar online gambling syndicate were yesterday charged with offences under the Remote Gambling Act and Common Gaming Houses Act.

The nine men and two women are accused of offences such as receiving and placing bets, handing out prize money, and depositing payments for bets.

The 11 accused are: Ow Choon Bok, 40; See Chye Huat, 49; Seet Seo Boon, 52; Lim Beng Tiong, 52; Lean Kay Cheong, 60; Seet Seow Huat, 61; Seah Ee Lam, 66; Seet Siau Khuang, 67; Seet Sian Thian, 68; Tok Poh Ling, 47; and See Mui Khim, 52.

They will be remanded for one week at Central Police Division to assist in investigations.

Their cases will be mentioned again next Tuesday.

In a statement on Monday, police said 33 suspects involved in illegal remote gambling services were arrested on Sunday, following one of its largest operations against a criminal syndicate.

The gambling syndicate the suspects belonged to allegedly had 36 properties with an estimated value of about $39 million and $6.5 million in bank accounts, police said.

The 24 men and nine women, aged between 24 and 69, were arrested after officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and the Police Intelligence Department carried out simultaneous raids at more than 30 locations, from Choa Chu Kang to Tampines.

About $1.3 million in cash and an array of computers, mobile phones, fax machines and documents, such as betting records, were seized.

Police said they have also initiated the freezing of the 33 suspects' bank accounts and properties.

The syndicate is believed to have been operating several illegal online betting websites for lottery and horse racing.

The group had networks of agents and punters betting through the syndicate's websites, police said.

It also had members who facilitated its activities through performing network support, collecting monies or tallying accounts.

The 33 suspects allegedly received bets amounting to more than $2 million in the past month alone.

If found guilty of their charges, the 11 suspects who were in court yesterday face a fine of between $20,000 and $500,000, jail of up to five years, or both.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2016, with the headline '11 gambling syndicate suspects charged in court'. Print Edition | Subscribe