KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has uncovered an illegal online gambling syndicate in Tawau district during a raid on Monday (June 21).
The 11am raid at a premise in Tawau city saw three suspects – a 42-year-old man and two women aged 23 and 57 – detained.
The man is believed to be behind the gang actively holding illegal gambling around the city.
Also confiscated were RM40,000 in cash.
Four bank accounts owned by the main suspect totalling over RM300,000 believed to be linked to the gambling activities were also freezed.
Early investigations found the man may have also been bribing several enforcement agency officers in Tawau since last year to cover the syndicate’s tracks.
Sabah MACC director S. Karunanithy in confirming the arrests, said all three suspects will be investigated under Section 16(b)(B) of the SPRM Act 2009; and under the Anti
Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.
He, however, did not give details or elaborate when asked which enforcement agency is linked to the case.
“All three individuals will be remanded on Tuesday (June 22) at Tawau court, and several series of arrests will follow suit,” he said.