COPS CRIP­PLE GAM­BLING SYN­DI­CATE

On­line gam­bling and in­ter­na­tional foot­ball bet­ting syn­di­cate had China clients

New Straits Times - - NEWS / REGION - SAFEEK AFFENDY RAZALI bh­news@bh.com.my

AN on­line gam­bling and in­ter­na­tional foot­ball bet­ting syn­di­cate with clients in China ran out of luck when it was busted in a raid in Balakong, near here, yes­ter­day. The raid was car­ried out at the syn­di­cate’s op­er­a­tions cen­tre at Dataran C180, near here by the Se­lan­gor D7 (Gam­bling/Vice/Se­cret So­ci­eties) and Kajang Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment in a joint op­er­a­tion, af­ter a week of in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the syn­di­cate em­u­lated the Ma­cau Scam model to cover their op­er­a­tions from be­ing de­tected by po­lice in China.

Se­lan­gor D7 staff of­fi­cer Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Norhizam Ba­haman said dur­ing the raid, they ar­rested six China na­tion­als, three men and three women who worked as caretakers and bet tak­ers at the cen­tre.

“They took bets from gam­blers in China be­fore plac­ing a wa­ger on their be­half on every English Pre­mier League game,” he said, adding that the bets raked in and those wa­gered ran into hun­dreds of thou­sands of ring­git.

“In fact, the syn­di­cate was also in­volved in man­ag­ing bets for horse races, as well as on­line gam­bling,” he said at the scene of the raid.

He added that the bets re­ceived from pun­ters in China would be de­posited into a bank ac­count be­long­ing to the syn­di­cate in China, while mem­bers of the syn­di­cate’s lo­cal op­er­a­tions would place the wa­ger on be­half of the pun­ters.

“By mak­ing Malaysia the wa­ger­ing cen­tre, it would be tough for the po­lice in China to track down the ac­tiv­i­ties of the syn­di­cate,” he said.

Dur­ing the raid, the Se­lan­gor D7 also seized 13 lap­tops, eight mo­bile phones and four modems.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 6 (3) of the Bet­ting Act 1953 and Sec­tion 6 (1) (c) of the Im­mi­gra­tion Act.

Po­lice ar­rest­ing syn­di­cate mem­bers dur­ing a raid in Balakong yes­ter­day.

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