Singapore: CID arrest 6 suspects in Orchard Road remote gambling raid

The authorities said that cash worth about $4,000, a computer and mobile phones were also seized during the operation.

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Singapore's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers said that they have arrested six suspects, including a woman, on Aug 16 in Orchard Road for allegedly providing remote gambling services and participating in remote gambling.

On Saturday, the police said that the suspects, aged between 28 and 38, were arrested during a raid at an entertainment outlet. The authorities added that cash worth about $4,000, a computer and mobile phones were seized during the operation.

The preliminary investigations showed that the suspects had facilitated remote gambling of a game called "Niu Niu" which operates on the WeChat platform. According to reports, the suspects were the management and staff of the outlet.

The suspects would gather gamblers to join in the illegal remote gambling sessions and earned commission from the turnover of the bets. The police said that the investigations are going on.

Under the Remote Gambling Act 2014, if someone in Singapore is found guilty of gambling using remote communication, or a remote gambling service not provided by an exempt operator, he can be jailed for up to six months or fined up to $5,000 or both.

Anyone in Singapore, who provides unlawful remote gambling services for others, can be fined between $20,000 and $200,000, or jailed up to five years, or both.

The police told The New Paper that they will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those who provide remote gambling facilitates and those who engage in remote gambling.