Woman fined and Indonesian teenager jailed for organizing online gambling activities

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KUCHING (June 28): A local woman was today fined RM10,000 in default of five months in prison while her Indonesian acquaintance was sentenced to five months in prison for participating in online gambling activities.

Magistrate Zaiton Anuar sentenced Chan Li Xian, 24, and Juan, 19, on their own guilty plea to separate charges brought under Section 4B(a) of the Gambling Houses Act 1953 municipalities.

The section provides for a fine of RM10,000 to 100,000 for each seized slot machine and a maximum prison term of five years if convicted.

The duo were accused of operating an online slot machine in the form of a computer, at a house in Jalan Stutong here at around 12.40pm on June 3, 2022.

According to the facts of the case, a team from the state’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided the home and arrested Chan and Juan on suspicion of conducting illegal online gambling activities.

Among the items seized were a computer – later confirmed by an expert to be a slot machine – as well as mobile phones, a modem, sheets of paper containing online gambling codes and a keyboard.

Meanwhile, the court also ordered Juan, who is originally from Pontianak, to be returned to the Immigration Department for further action at the end of his prison term.

Insp Merylene Lindan Andrew Mang sued while both defendants were unrepresented.

Sara H. Byrd