Three arrested for illegal soccer bookmaking

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested three men, aged 19 to 35, for suspected involvement in illegal soccer bookmaking.

On August 7 at about 2.45am, police arrested the two suspects, who are Chinese males, at Hougang Avenue 7. They are believed to have assisted an illegal bookmaker by recruiting punters and collecting payment, police said in a statement to the media.

When they were arrested, mobile phones believed to have contained punters records, an ATM card and cash amounting to over $900 were found on them.

In a separate arrest, a Chinese male, 35, was arrested in the vicinity of Sengkang East Way.

Preliminary investigations indicated that he is responsible for providing illegal soccer accounts for punters and hiring the two men arrested earlier. Upon his arrest, a computer and mobile phones believed to contain punters records and cash amounting to about $1,000 were seized.

Investigations against the three suspects are ongoing.

If found guilty, they will be fined up to $200,000 and be jailed up to 5 years.

maryanns@sph.com.sg

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