12 investigated for illegal gambling, breaching COVID-19 rules at Bukit Panjang’s home

SINGAPORE: Twelve people are being investigated for alleged illegal gambling activities and breach of COVID-19 safe distance rules at a Bukit Panjang home, Singapore Police (SPF) said on Friday (June 11th) .

The suspects, seven men and five women, are between 21 and 70 years old, police said in a press release.

Officers from the Jurong Police Division conducted an operation around 9pm on Thursday at a house along Gangsa Road. During the operation, they found that the 12 allegedly met and participated in game-related activities, SPF said.

Suspects will be investigated for breach of safe distancing measures. Under the current phase 2 restrictions (increased alert), two different visitors are allowed per home daily.

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Among them, a 55-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man were arrested for allegedly using the unit as a common playhouse.

Three more women and another man (aged 48 to 70) are being investigated for playing in a communal playhouse.

Police confiscated items related to cash games and betting, and investigations are ongoing.

Anyone found guilty of using a place as a common gambling house can be fined $ 5,000 to $ 50,000 and imprisoned for up to three years.

Suspects convicted of gambling in a common gambling house receive a fine of up to US $ 5,000, up to six months in prison or both.

SPF said it takes “a serious view against all forms of illegal gambling activities and will continue to take tough enforcement measures” against these violators of the law.

He also advised the public not to participate in illegal gambling and to comply with current safe distancing measures.

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