SEREMBAN: Members of a Chinese syndicate allegedly involved in illegal online gambling and cheating activities thought they could escape the long arm of the law if they were to operate from rented semi-detached units in a gated community here but it took the police only days to get wind of its operation.
Less than three weeks after the syndicate rented three units at a residential area in Seremban 2 for RM4,500 each, the police moved in and detained 34 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in the illegal activities.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said police also seized 17 computer sets, 76 mobile phones and a Toyota Vellfire vehicle from the suspects who were believed to have overstayed and violated their visa conditions.
“A forensic examination was done on the seized computers by four officers from Bukit Aman’s cyber and commercial crime units and they verified that the equipment was used for online gambling activities involving Chinese nationals.
“The suspects were aged between 25 and 32 and 24 were males, ” he told reporters at the state police contingent yesterday.
The suspects were detained at about 4.30pm on Thursday.
He said police were probing the suspects under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and the Immigration Act for violation of their visa conditions as well as the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.
“They came into the units on Jan 3 and had installed wi-fi services about two weeks ago.
“Our investigations revealed that the Toyota Vellfire had also been rented from a car company, ” he said adding that police have also seized five passports from the suspects.