An online gambling syndicate was caught trying to escape the law in a rented house at Villa Garden, Sunway City recently.
According to Ipoh District police chief, Assistant Commissioner A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz, the group of seven were apprehended during a raid by the Ipoh District Police Headquarters (D7 Branch), which was done at 9.30pm after receiving information from the public.
“The group comprised five males aged between 24 to 38 and two females aged 21 and 23,” he said today (October 30).
“They were promoting online gambling via WeChat, Facebook and short message service (SMS),” A. Asmadi mentioned.
He added that the group offered various games like ‘Kiss’, ‘918’, ‘Joker’, ‘Roulette’, ‘Kiss Kaya’ and ‘Newturn’, which were targeted at 150 to 200 local customers with daily online transactions amounting to RM15,000.
“They rented the premise since February with assistance from a local male named Chow,” A. Asmadi added. “Operators were offered between RM2,000 to RM5,000 based on sales.
“All personal necessities and food were provided by the syndicate. They did not go out of the house at all,” he elaborated.
The foreigners, remanded since October 24 until November 7, were found using social visitation passes which had expired.
The syndicate is currently facilitating investigations under Section 4(1)(c) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which is promotion of gambling, in which if convicted, will be imprisoned up to three years, fined or both.
“They’re also investigated under Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 which allocates another five years of imprisonment and fine, should they be found guilty too,” A. Asmadi added.