Illegal horse betting in Singapore, more than 150 people under investigation


158 people, aged between 35 and 85, are under investigation for their involvement in illegal horse betting. They are also booked for non-compliance of safe distancing measures. 
Officers from seven police land decisions and Criminal Investigation Department tracked down illegal horse betting at multiple locations including Serangoon Central, Bukit Merah View, Yishun, Telok Blangah Crescent, Woodlands, Bedok,  Bukit Batok and Marsiling. 
A police statement on June 8 said that the islandwide operation was held through enforcement against breaching of safe distancing and Housing Board Officers also helped in the operation. 
Several mobile phones, more than $76,000 Cash and documents believed to be betting records were seized during the operations. 
The 11 women and 147 men are allegedly illegal bookmakers. They accepted illegal horse racing bets, gamblers who placed these bets and runners assisting the bookmakers. 
According to the Betting Act, anyone who bets with a bookmaker can be jailed for upto 6 months, or fine upto $5,000 or both. Those who are found guilty of bookmaking will be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 5 years and will also be fined between $20,000 and $200,000. 
Meanwhile, fines between $300 and $1,000 will be imposed on those who breached safe distancing measures. 
The police officials are determined to take serious action against all forms of illegal betting and will continue to take strict enforcement action against them. The public is advised again to stay away from all kinds of illegal betting activities and to take safe distancing measures seriously. 


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