Biggest Illegal Lottery Syndicate Busted

27 February 2008
Kuala Lumpur

Police made their biggest score in illegal lottery and betting operations by arresting 25 members of a betting syndicate with operations in Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Perak.

The mastermind of the syndicate, which has collected more than RM72 million in the last two years, and his henchmen are believed to be in hiding. He is said to be a local who uses a registered company to launder the money collected for bets.

Bukit Aman anti-vice, gaming and secret society division (D7) officers conducted two raids simultaneously on two counting centres in Kulim and another two in Bukit Mertajam on 16 February 2008, netting 14 syndicate members. 15 fax machines, 14 mobile phones, 5 laptops, 4 printers, 3 computers, 347 betting slips and RM2,483 cash were also seized during the raids.

The second operation was on 20 February 2008, when the authorities raided two premises in Bukit Mertajam and Nibong Tebal and one building in Serdang, Kedah, arresting 11 more members.

The members arrested either runners or operators in counting centres. They have been charged and are out on bail.

The Star Online – Cops bust biggest illegal 4D ring
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/2/28/nation/20457807&sec=nation>

New Straits Times – Illegal 4-D syndicate smashed, 25 held
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/National/2170657/Article/index_html>

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