15 men and 13 women, aged between 37 and 85, were arrested for their suspected involvement in gambling activities following a two-day operation conducted by Central Police Division on 23 and 24 November 2018. This was revealed by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a statement on Tuesday (27 November).
According to the police, five men and two women, aged between 54 and 85, were arrested along Race Course Road for illegal bookmaking and punting under the Betting Act. Cash amounting to $12,781 was seized.
While, the remaining ten men and eleven women, aged between 37 and 78, were arrested for offences under the Common Gaming Houses Act along Jalan Besar and Temple Street. Gambling paraphernalia were also seized as case exhibits.
Investigations are ongoing.
The police stated that under the Betting Act, any person who bets with a bookmaker shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both. Any person who is found to be involved in bookmaking 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 five years.
Under the Common Gaming Houses Act, any person gaming in public shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5000 or to an imprisonment term not exceeding 6 months or to both.