ISKANDAR PUTERI: Police arrested seven people for operating an illegal gambling call centre from a house at Taman Bukit Indah here.
Iskandar Puteri OCPD Asst Comm Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said all seven suspects – including four women – were locals and were arrested on Saturday (Oct 31) around 1pm.
He said that all suspects arrested were aged 18 to 25, and one of them has a previous record for gambling.
“Our investigation also revealed that the group had been operating the call centre by renting a house for a month now and their modus operandi was to sell reload and pin codes for gambling activities to their clients,” he said at a press conference here on Sunday (Nov 1).
ACP Dzulkhairi added that police also seized four personal computers, seven mobile phones, 13 ATM cards, two notebooks containing online gambling information as well as a house key during the raid.
“The investigation has revealed that the group was able to make about RM6,000 on cash transactions and are able to attract between 20 to 30 gambling addicts on a daily basis,” he said.
He also urged homeowners to be vigilant and always conduct checks on their tenants to make sure that their property was not being used for criminal activities.
ACP Dzulkhairi said that the police would take action against such premises, including cutting off their electricity supply under Section 21(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.
He added the case is being investigated under Section 4(1)(g) of the same Act for online betting and said that all of the suspects would be remanded to assist with the investigations.
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