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Sports online betting syndicate busted, 17 arrested

world Updated: Aug 20, 2010 17:10 IST

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Police in Malaysia have crippled an international sports online betting syndicate with the arrest of 17 people in Kuala Lumpur. Secret societies, gambling and anti-vice division assistant director ACP Sanusi Sidek said those arrested were all in their 20s and included five women. "The syndicate which had been operating since three years ago used the place as an office to take and receive bets amounting to about USD 317,000 daily. "We also seized 30 desktop computers showing bets from overseas involving football, tennis, golf and badminton," he said. Sanusi also said the syndicate agents often switch office locations in Kuala Lumpur to put off authorities. The police raid was follow-up to "Operasi Soga" conducted during FIFA World Cup in June. Those arrested are investigated under Section 6 (3) of Betting Act 1953 which carries fines of up to USD 63,492 or five years jail.