11 Apr 2011

A 50-year-old male Singaporean has been arrested for his suspected involvement in illegal bookmaking activities at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino.

2. Joint investigations by the Casino Crime Investigation Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA), revealed that the suspect had allegedly approached patrons at RWS casino to offer private bets to these patrons in July and August 2010. The offer of private bets between two or more patrons is an offence under the Betting Act, Chapter 21.

3. The suspect will be charged in Court on 12 April 2011 for the offence of Acting as a Bookmaker under Section 5(3)(a) of the Betting Act. Anyone found guilty of the offence shall be liable on 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.

4. Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Assistant Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck, said, “Police will take stern action against persons involved in illegal bookmaking activities inside the casinos. Casino patrons are also advised not to make illegal bets with illegal bookmakers as this is also an offence under the Betting Act.”

5. Commenting on the case, Chief Executive of the CRA, Mr T. Raja Kumar, said, “The Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) works closely together with the Police on casino-related crimes to ensure that the management and operation of the casinos are and remain free from criminal influence and exploitation. This investigation and arrest was the result of the close cooperation and coordination between the CRA and the Police. CRA as part of the Home Team will remain vigilant against potential criminal threats and be ready to deal with them.”

Public Affairs Department
Singapore Police Force

Corporate Communications Unit
Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore

11 April 2011