Over the weekend, in massive coordinated raids, the Singapore police have seized over S$1.74 million (US$1.27 million) in cash and arrested 36 people on charges of operating illegal gambling facilities in the country.
The online gambling facilities raided facilitated online gambling for locals with gambling companies and websites based overseas. Online gambling is illegal in Singapore. Only online gambling on horse racing, lottery, and limited gaming and betting is allowed through licensed gambling operators like Singapore Pools and Turf Club.
The Sunday raids saw police swarming in at multiple different locations across Bedok, Pasir Ris, Toa Payoh, Rivervale, and Chinatown. The Singapore police confirmed the details of the raids on their website on Tuesday.
Of those arrested 33 were men and three women aged between 26 and 75.
It is yet to confirm why there was so much cash and other details including what kind of gambling activities were being facilitated at the venues.
While eleven of the suspects were presented in the court today and charged with remote gambling offenses, the remaining suspects are still being detained for further investigations.
According to the local laws, those found guilty of providing unlawful remote gambling services could be fined between S$20,000 and S$200,000, jailed for up to five years, or both.