Online Gambling Defendants The First To Be Prosecuted Under Singapore’s Organised Crime Act

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Nov 17, 2017

Six individuals detained last November have been formally charged with organised crime offences

Singapore‘s tough new Organised Crime Act is being used for the first time to punish six individuals arrested last November on illegal online gambling allegations involving a multi-million dollar gang.

The OGA came into effect last June, and was used this week as the basis for charges laid against the six defendants: Seet Seo Boon (53), See Chye Huat (51), Seah Ee Lam (67), Toh Hee Choye (62), Or Poh Soon (55) and Lim Poi Hwa (62).

Local media reports claim that Seet, See and Seah were first charged last year with remote gambling offences. Following multiple raids last November, the police arrested 49 people – including the six charged on Thursday and suspected to be part of the group.

Police raiding parties seized S$1.3 million in cash and froze S$6.5 million held in multiple bank accounts, along with 36 properties around Singapore with a combined worth of S$39 million.

Under the Organised Crime Act, anyone convicted of involvement in a Singapore-linked organised crime group could be jailed for up to five years and fined up to S$100,000.

A senior police spokesman warned that enforcement bodies have adopted a “zero tolerance” approach to organised crime.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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