Singapore police arrest 31 for illegal horse-betting activities

Police arrested 31 people for suspected illegal horse-betting activities on 7 October, 2018. (File photo: Yahoo News Singapore)

Police have arrested 31 people for suspected illegal horse-betting activities, following an islandwide operation conducted on Sunday (7 October).

Officers raided multiple locations, including King George’s Avenue, Teban Gardens Road, Whampoa Drive, Ang Mo Kio, Eunos and Boon Lay. They arrested 27 men and four women, aged between 45 and 78 years old.

Police also seized mobile phones, pagers, documents such as betting records, and cash amounting to about $15,000.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the 31 suspects are believed to have played various roles in the operation, such as bookmakers and runners, as well as gamblers.

Under the Betting Act, any person who bets with a bookmaker can be fined up to $5,000, or jailed up to six months, or both. Any person who is found to be involved in bookmaking can be fined between $20,000 and $200,000, and jailed up to five years.

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