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    May 21, 2014

    Police bust illegal football betting ring

    SINGAPORE police said they have arrested 18 people believed to be part of a multi-million-dollar illegal football betting ring, less than a month before the World Cup starts.

    "Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are believed to have received illegal soccer bets amounting to an estimated $8 million in the past two weeks alone," the force said in a statement released on its website on Monday.

    It did not reveal the nationalities of the suspects - 16 women and two men - who were detained during raids on Sunday and Monday. Cash totalling $1.4 million as well as computers, mobile phones, documents detailing betting and bank transaction records were seized during the raid, the police said.

    "Bookmakers and bettors who assume that they can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to commit criminal offences should think twice," Kenny Tan, deputy assistant commissioner of police, warned.

    If convicted, the suspects face fines of between $20,000 and $200,000, and up to five years in jail.