Thursday, September 23

Nine arrested in illegal cyber gambling bust

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KENINGAU: Police here have arrested nine men, including a caretaker, for alleged involvement in illegal cyber gambling at a village here on Saturday.

Keningau police chief DSP Douglas Nyeging Taong said all the suspects, aged between 28 and 39 years old, had been detained for further investigation.

He said police also seized several equipment in the house, allegedly used in the promotion of illegal gambling, which are believed to be owned by a government employee.

“On May 28, we received information from the public about the alleged activity,” he told a press conference at the district police headquarters here yesterday.

Acting on the information, he said a police team from the criminal investigation department (CID) raided an unnumbered house in the village and found nine local men allegedly playing online cyber gambling. All of them were arrested and several computer equipment used in the illegal cyber gambling activities were seized.

The equipment seized, he said, included eight multi-brand laptop computers, a modem, eight computer mouses, a broadband dongle, RM1,243 cash, two desks and nine plastic chairs.

“All the suspects and seized equipment were brought to the police station for further investigation under Section 4B (a) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953,” he said.

“If convicted, they can be fined up to RM100,000 for each gambling machine seized and sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years,” he said.

According to Douglas, this is the second arrest this month involving illegal cyber gambling.