SINGAPORE: A 50-year-old Singaporean man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in illegal bookmaking activities at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino.
Joint investigations by the Casino Crime Investigation Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) revealed the suspect had allegedly approached patrons at RWS casino in July and August 2010 to offer private bets to these patrons.
The offer of private bets between two or more patrons is an offence under the Betting Act.
The suspect will be charged on Tuesday in court for the offence of acting as a bookmaker.
Anyone found guilty of the offence can be fined between S$20,000 and S$200,000 and jailed for up to five years.
CID director Hoong Wee Teck said police will take stern action against persons involved in illegal bookmaking activities inside the casinos.
Casino patrons are also advised not to make illegal bets with illegal bookmakers as this is also an offence under the Betting Act.
Commenting on the case, CRA chief executive T. Raja Kumar said the organisation works closely together with the police on casino-related crimes to ensure the management and operation of the casinos are, and remain free from criminal influence and exploitation.