Cops Bust Virtual Prawn Behind The Stone

KOTA KINABALU: A prawn farm operator in Penampang made quite a fortune on the side running an illegal online gambling site.

While his day job involved looking after a prawn farm, the man had quietly operated the virtual betting den, earning about RM750,000 in the last five months.

He ran the site with the help of his wife and three other workers, aged between 24 and 37, who were paid RM1,200 a month.

But it all came to an end when police stormed the luxurious apartment they operated from in the district at 6pm yesterday.

“We have been monitoring their activities for almost two weeks,” said Penampang Police Chief DSP Mohd Haris Ibrahim.

“Following our investigation and surveillance, we managed to trace the syndicate’s point of operations and detained the suspects including the married couple.”

He said the syndicate had been making a daily average of RM5,000 from their illicit activities, which amounted to about RM150,000 a month.

“So they would have made about RM750,000 in the last five months,” he said, adding the man was the mastermind behind the whole thing.

Mohd Haris said the syndicate deliberately chose to use a high-end apartment to operate from to escape detection by the authorities.

“At the time of the raid, the syndicate members were busy managing the bets worth RM3,815.

“We seized several computers, a laptop, 13 mobile phones and other items used for their activities,” he said.