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Euro 2016 betting busts reach knockout stage

Another week brings another round of Euro 2016 Agen Sbobet busts by Asian law enforcement.


Our first stop takes us to Hong Kong, where police are busy tallying the score of their Operation Crowbeak anti-betting crackdown. Police say they’ve arrested over 50 individuals and confiscated around HKD 130m US $16.7m in Euro 2016-related betting slips.


Police reported that more and more bookmakers were eschewing the old evidence-heavy practice of recording betting information on paper slips, opting instead for encrypted texts sent via the WhatsApp messaging service. This technological switch was forcing the HK police to solicit more help from their cybersecurity teams.


A conviction for illegal bookmaking in Hong Kong carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a HKD 5m fine. Individual bettors can face prison sentences of up to nine months and fines of up to HKD 30k.


Over in Singapore, the Criminal Investigative Division CID arrested 12 men in a series of raids on multiple locations in the city-state. The raids netted a cash haul of SGD 251k $184k along with the usual tools of the trade computers, phones, betting records, etc.. If convicted, the suspects face prison stints of up to five years and fines of up to SGD 200k.


Across the border in Malaysia, authorities in Johor Baru broke up an online betting ring that handled RM 3.5m $850k in Euro 2016 wagers. The ring reportedly utilized five different websites to process their wagers. Police say the 27 men arrested during the raids on 25 different locations acted as agents for the betting syndicate.

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