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Police bust illegal Internet cafes in Geylang


Police Bust Illegal Internet Cafes
Police raided 3 internet cafes at in Geylang on 9 November 07, which resulted in the arrest of 15 men and 3 women aged between 18 and 47 years old.
Acting on information received, Police quickly established that three Internet cafes along Geylang Lorong 17 and 18 were involved in the provision of illegal online gambling games.
On 9 Nov, Police officers from the Gambling Suppression Branch conducted a 3-hour operation, in which 84 computers, 21 fruit machines and cash of more than S$20,000 were seized.
Investigations revealed that four of those arrested (two men and two women) were gaming in the internet cafes while 3 men were in charge of the cafes' operations. The former will be produced in Court on 13 Nov (Tuesday) for an offence of gaming in a common gaming house under Section 7 of the Common Gaming Houses Act, Chapter 49.
If found guilty, they will be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or to both. The latter will also be produced in Court on the same date for assisting in the management of a common gaming house under Section 4(1)(c), Chapter 49, under which they may be liable to a fine of between $5,000 and $50,000 and also imprisonment of not more than 3 years.
The remaining 11 accused persons have been released on bail, pending further investigations.
The operation is part of on-going Police’s efforts in suppressing illegal gambling activities in Singapore . Head of Gambling Suppression Branch, DSP Chia Tang Heng says, “The Police will continue to take strong enforcement actions against such illegal activities.”
12 November 2007 at 10.45am

Source: Media Release 12 Nov 2007

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