JOHOR BARU: Police have dismantled an online gambling syndicate in South Korea, which had grossed over RM87 million since it began operations here two years ago.
Two bungalows in Iskandar Puteri were raided around 5 p.m. on Saturday, state police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said.
“During the raids, police arrested 10 men, including nine South Korean nationals and one Malaysian, aged 29 to 66.
The South Korean suspects acted as ‘customer service’ for the online gambling operation while the Malaysian was the runner and would attend to their needs, including bringing them food and finding them a housing, “he told reporters yesterday.
Comm Ayob said investigations so far have revealed that the union will target customers in their home countries.
Every financial transaction would be carried out in a South Korean bank.
“We found out that the union could receive around RM 1 million in bets per day. It is estimated that around 1,500 players are involved, ”he added.
Comm Ayob said the foreign suspects entered the country on a social visit pass between late 2019 and early last year.
They have rented several high-end residential units, he said.
He also said the union would move to a different location every three to six months to avoid being captured by police.
“We thought the foreign union chose Malaysia as their base due to lower costs with greater security and maybe the online gambling laws here are not that strict compared to their home country. “, he added.
He said that during the raids, police seized six computers, four laptops, eight ATM cards, four tablets and money worth RM36,168 and 7.77 million won (28 RM 837).
All South Korean suspects were remanded in custody for 14 days from Sunday while the Malaysian was remanded in custody for three days.
Comm Ayob said the matter was under investigation under, inter alia, section 4 (1) (G) of the Open House Gambling Act of 1953 and section 15 (1) ( C) of the Immigration Act.