Johor cops bust S. Korean online gambling syndicate

JOHOR BARU: Police have busted an online gambling syndicate from South Korea, which had raked in over RM87mil since starting its operation here two years ago.

Two bungalows in Iskandar Puteri were raided at around 5pm on Saturday, said state police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

“During the raids, police arrested 10 men comprising nine South Korean nationals and a Malaysian, aged between 29 and 66.

“The South Korean suspects acted as ‘customer service’ for the online gambling operation while the Malaysian was the runner and would tend to their needs including bringing food and finding lodging for them, ” he told reporters yesterday.

Comm Ayob said investigations so far revealed that the syndicate would target customers from their home country.

Every financial transaction would be made into a South Korean bank.

“We found that the syndicate could take in about RM1mil in bets daily. It is estimated that about 1,500 gamblers are involved, ” he added.

Comm Ayob said the foreign suspects entered the country on a social visit pass between end of 2019 and early last year.

They rented several high-end residential units, he said.

He also said that the syndicate would relocate to a different location every three to six months to avoid being captured by the police.

“We believed the foreign syndicate picked Malaysia as its base due to cheaper costs with greater security and maybe the online gambling laws here are not so strict compared to where they came from, ” he added.

He said during the raids, police seized six computers, four laptops, eight ATM cards, four tablets and cash worth RM36,168 and 7.77 million won (RM28,837).

All South Korean suspects were remanded for 14 days starting Sunday while the Malaysian was remanded for three days.

Comm Ayob said the case was being investigated under, among others, Section 4(1)(G) of the Open House Gambling Act 1953 and Section 15(1)(C) of the Immigration Act.

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