Game over for World Cup bookies

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 19 Jun 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have scored big in bringing to book people, who were involved in football betting syndicates raking in millions of ringgit, with nationwide raids since the World Cup began last week.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said he was pleased with the success against football betting under Ops Soga.

“We have also identified some prominent figures who are behind these syndicates,” he said after a Vehicle Theft Reduction Council meeting in Bukit Aman yesterday.

Ismail said investigations into some of the football bettings syndicates revealed that they were linked to other countries.

On Wednesday, two brothers — both architects — were arrested for operating an online football betting syndicate from their luxury house off Jalan Ipoh.

Police believe the duo took bets from mostly VIPs and businessmen, totalling RM5mil since the start of the World Cup on June 11.

In Ipoh, police smashed a syndicate which had betting slips of between RM2mil and RM5mil following the arrest of five men in the city and in Taiping on Thursday.

In Selangor Bernama reported that police busted a major betting syndicate believed to have received bets worth RM15.1mil and arrested 23 suspects since Tuesday.

Selangor acting CID chief Asst Comm Omar Mamah said the suspects, including nine Indonesian women, were detained at houses and restaurants in Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Klang, Ampang and Kuala Langat.

The syndicate accepted bets through the Internet, over the telephone, and from bookies and agents.

It used restaurants as centres for accepting the bets.

“The restaurant owners knew that some of their customers were carrying out betting activities in their premises,” he said.

Initial investigations also revealed that there were bookies who offered loans to encourage prospective “clients”.

Police seized five desktop computers, eight laptop computers, 10 handphones, a printer, six modems, three betting slips, a cheque book, a pager, a fixed phone and RM1,295.

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