Eighteen arrested in connection with illegal gambling centerHong Kong | 21 Jun 2021 2:10 pm
The police said today that they have arrested 16 men and two women, aged between 23 and 77, in a Tin Shui Wai flat earlier for allegedly taking part in illegal gambling activities, and laundering money.
Over HK$8.5 million in cash, phones, computers, handwritten betting records, bank statements, and bank cards were seized, along with four luxury cars. The suspects' bank accounts have also been frozen, involving HK$19.5 million worth of assets.
Some of the suspects were said to have triad backgrounds.
The police operation was said to have smashed an illegal gambling ring operating for over four months, processing up to HK$3.4 billion in illegal betting.
Meanwhile, the force said they have arrested 168 people this month over 18 alleged illegal gambling cases.
A police spokesman said the force will step up its enforcement action against illegal gambling, especially when the European Championship 2020 is underway.
In Hong Kong, gambling in an illegal establishment carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and a HK$30,000 fine. Operating a gambling establishment carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and a HK$5 million fine.