SEREMBAN: Police have arrested 34 Chinese nationals here on suspicion of being involved in online gambling and cheating.
State police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said police also seized 17 computers, 76 mobile phones, and a Toyota Vellfire from the suspects, who were also believed to have overstayed and violated other visa conditions.
The suspects were arrested at three semi-detached units in a housing estate in Seremban 2 near here at around 4.30pm on Jan 23.
“A forensic examination was done on the seized computers by four officers from Bukit Aman’s cyber and commercial crime units and they verified that the equipment was used for online gambling activities involving Chinese nationals.
“The suspects were aged between 25 and 32, and 24 are males, ” he told reporters at the state police contingent headquarters here Friday (Jan 24).
DCP Mohamad said police were probing the suspects under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, the Immigration Act for violating their visa conditions, as well as the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.
Preliminary probes showed that the syndicate had rented the three double-storey units located in a gated development for RM4,500 each.
“They came into the units on Jan 3 and had installed wifi services about two weeks ago.
“Our investigations revealed that the Toyota Vellfire had also been rented from a car company, ” he said, adding that police also seized five passports from the suspects.
DCP Mohamad said investigations also showed that the suspects had used WhatsApp and QQ messaging applications to receive bets.
“Based on the customer database, we believe most of their clients were Chinese nationals, ” he said.
Asked why there were many such syndicates operating in the country while targeting Chinese victims, DCP Mohamad said he had no knowledge of this.
“Probably their laws are harsher and the syndicates think they can get away with their crimes here, ” he said.
DCP Mohamad said the only other time Negri Sembilan police had detained Chinese nationals believed to be involved in such activities was in Nilai late last year.
“Then, we detained a number of suspects and seized several computers.
“The suspects were caught even before they could start their operations, ”
The 34 suspects, he said, have been detained for 14 days to allow police to wrap up investigations.