03 Nov 2011

In a joint operation that ran from 4pm on 2 November 2011 to about 4am on 3 November 2011, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Police Intelligence Department(PID), with support from the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) crippled a syndicate believed to be conducting illegal bookmaking activities within the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino. A total of 10 Singaporean subjects were arrested, comprising two females aged 43 and 47 years, and eight males aged between 21 and 58 years.

2. Investigations by CID’s Casino Crime Investigation Branch revealed that the syndicate members had been offering patrons at the RWS casino illegal insurance bets at the baccarat tables since June 2011. The offer of private bets is an offence under the Betting Act, Chapter 21.

3. In total, nearly $420,000/- worth of cash and chips were seized from the suspects.

4. Three of the suspects will be charged in Court on 4 November 2011. They will be charged for the offence of advancing money for conducting business of common betting-house under Section 4 of the Betting Act . Anyone found guilty of the offence shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 and shall also be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years. Investigations are ongoing against the remaining suspects.

5. Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck said: “In this case, the Police had received information about the syndicate operating within the casino. After conducting investigations, the Police, with support from the CRA moved in swiftly to take out the illegal syndicate and its members. Police have, and will continue to take swift and stern action against any persons involved in illegal bookmaking activities inside the casinos.”

6. Commenting on the case, Chief Executive of CRA, Mr Lau Peet Meng, 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. The successful execution of this operation was the result of the close cooperation and coordination between CRA and the Police, and sends a strong signal to anyone who conducts illegal activities within the casinos that such activities will not be tolerated.

7. Police also advise casino patrons not to make bets with illegal bookmakers as that would constitute an offence under the Betting Act.

Singapore Police Force
Casino Regulatory Authority
3 November 2011 @ 8.30 pm