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     FrontPage Edition: Wed 15 Mar 2006

Police bust illegal 4-D syndicate


Police Bust Illegal 4-D Syndicate
A 5-hour island-wide operation targeted at an illegal 4-D syndicate resulted in the arrests of 5 men and 4 women aged between 45 and 61 years.
The operation which lasted from 1.00pm to 6.00pm yesterday (11 Mar 2006), crippled the group of illegal 4-D collectors which is believed to have links to an overseas syndicate.
Police carefully monitored the illegal 4-D syndicate for the past two months and gathered information on their haunts, networks and modus operandi before 75 officers from the Criminal Investigation Department led by the Gambling Suppression Branch raided 8 locations simultaneously on the afternoon of 11 Mar 06.
These locations included apartments in Rivervale Crescent , Veerasamy Road , Tanjung Rhu, Beach Road, West Coast Walk, Hougang, Jalan Damai and Jurong West.
During the raid, 1 Laptop, 5 fax machines, 1 modem, 3 telephones, 5 handphones and betting records were seized. The estimated total bet value collected on the day of the raid was about $31,300.
Investigations revealed that the group of collectors would collect the bets from their pool of trusted punters. These collectors would then consolidate and fax the betting records to a woman staying in Tanjong Rhu. She would then key the betting records into a customized computer program before sending it via modem connected to the computer to the syndicate leader operating overseas.
Seven of the accused persons will be produced in Court on Monday, 13 Mar 06 for offence of ˇ°Assisting in carrying on a Public Lotteryˇ± under Section 5(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act, Chapter 49. They may be liable to a fine of not more than $200,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years. The remaining 2 persons are released on bail pending further investigations.
Head of Gambling Suppression Branch, DSP Chia Tang Heng says, ˇ°We will continue to take strong enforcement against such illegal activities and will not hesitate to prosecute any persons involved.ˇ±
12 March 2006 @ 1.30 pm

Source: Media Release 12 Mar 2006

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