SINGAPORE: Fifteen men, aged between 50 and 70, are being investigated for their alleged involvement in illegal horse betting activities in public places, police said on Thursday (July 22nd).
Officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division conducted two enforcement operations on July 7 and 18 at Rivervale Crescent and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, respectively.
Police confiscated more than $ 2,000 in cash, five cell phones and betting accessories.
Preliminary investigations revealed that eight men, aged 63 to 68, and seven men, aged 50 to 70, were involved in illegal horse betting activities in public places along Rivervale Crescent and Ang Mo Kio Avenue. 1, respectively.
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Investigations are ongoing, police said.
Those convicted of betting on a bookmaker face a fine of up to US $ 5,000, up to six months in prison or both.
Those found guilty of taking part in the book-taking face a fine of between $ 20,000 and $ 200,000 and a prison sentence of up to five years.
Police said they had a serious view against all forms of illegal gambling.
“Police will continue to take harsh enforcement actions and prosecute those involved in accordance with the law. Members of the public are advised to stay away from all forms of illegal gambling activities,” they added.