The leader of the crime syndicate who received more than $ 97 million in revenue from convicted gambling site S’pore, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories

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SINGAPORE – Three leaders of a local organized criminal group operated two gambling websites and in less than two years had raised $ 97.68 million in revenue on one of the platforms.

One of the leaders, Seet Seo Boon, made a profit of at least $ 19,000 per month from collecting bets through the two websites.

Deputy Prosecutors Dwayne Lum, Chong Yong and Lee Wei Liang said he was “behind one of the most profitable and elusive illegal remote gambling syndicates that have thrived under the guise of technology for a long time. half a decade “.

On Wednesday, December 8, the 57-year-old Singaporean pleaded guilty to seven counts for offenses that include those under the organized crime law, as well as for dealing with the benefits of his ill-gotten gains.

Fifty-four other charges will be considered at sentencing.

The cases involving the other two men – his brothers Seet Seow Huat, 66, and Seet Sian Thian, 73 – are still pending.

The Organized Crime Law – aimed at combating crime syndicates – was passed by Parliament in 2015 and entered into force in June 2016.

Seet Seo Boon was arrested in 2016 as part of a crackdown on criminal syndicates. He had already appeared in court in 2017 and was among the first people to be charged under the law.

Prosecutors said Seet Seo Boon and his brothers decided to start their own remote gambling website in 2011 to facilitate the collection of illegal 4D bets from agents and bettors.

With the help of his brothers, he recruited and educated at least 49 shareholders, agents and administrative staff, who in turn recruited other agents and collected illegal bets from punters.

The DPPs said: “In this way, the accused meticulously organized and expanded the operations of the union, successfully transforming it into a profitable and lucrative business, with his ill-gotten earnings estimated to exceed ($ 1 million) per week. “

Seet Seo Boon recruited a Malaysian known only as “Guo Zhi” to help him create the online betting platform launched in mid-2011.

The brothers also actively encouraged members of the organized criminal group to refer and recruit other members.

They avoided detection by authorities by personally interviewing potential members and only accepting suitable candidates who agreed to their terms.

A second remote gaming website was then launched in 2013. Investigations revealed that Seet Seo Boon was its administrator and owner.

The DPPs said: “There was no one else above the position of an owner of the (second) website. As the owner, the accused had the authority to register new accounts of betting and recruiting agents and shareholders. “

The shareholders, including his brothers, were given betting accounts and access to the website. They were also allowed to register their bets on the website.

Seet Seo Boon then received a commission of 15% on the total value of bets placed on the two websites.

He also won an additional 5 to 10 percent of the total winnings from the bets of his agents and bettors.

The court heard he bought an apartment in a River Valley condominium for more than $ 1.7 million in 2007.

From January 2013 to February 2015, he used more than $ 156,000 of his ill-gotten gains to pay the monthly mortgage payments for the housing.

Acting on information, the police then went to his other home in a Tampines condominium on November 27, 2016 and arrested him.

Prosecutors on Wednesday urged the court to sentence Seet Seo Boon to 12 years and five months in prison and a fine of $ 720,000.

They added: “It is absolutely necessary to impose a deterrent penalty as the prevalence of remote gambling offenses is exacerbated by the global demand for illegal remote gambling.”

Seet Seo Boon is represented by lawyers Josephus Tan and Cory Wong of Invictus Law Corporation.

Pleading for their client to be sentenced to no more than eight years in prison and a fine of up to $ 235,000, the lawyers said, “He had cooperated extensively with the authorities and exposed all the incriminated details. “

Seet Seo Boon is now out on $ 50,000 bail and will be sentenced on January 19 next year.


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