Soccer Betting Takes Singapore Online Bookie to Prison


One year imprisonment and a $390,000 fine for illegal gambling

Based on the stringent action against illegal Singapore bookie Goh Weng Soon, it definitely seems like Singapore authorities have the determination to crack in on illegal online gambling in the country.

Namely, regularly a vegetable seller, Goh Weng Soon has been served severe sentence of one year in prison and a fine of $390,000 by District Judge Wong Peck on 11 counts of illegal sports betting. He apparently pleaded guilty after he was caught in possession of a week's wagers amounting to some $146,000, and was accused of handling for commission some $288,000 in online soccer bets for an unidentified Malaysian internet operator.

His commission in the deal was $80,000 - not enough to pay for the fine imposed by the judge, which may mean additional prison time for him.

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