The investigation of this fraud was fully reported by the BBC and I
will be referring you to their web pages for the full story.
The fraud revolved around betting on the results of English Premier
League football matches. In the UK bookmakers will only pay out if the
game is completed. In the far east, and in particular, Malaysia,
certain bets can be paid out if the game is abandoned - provided it
had passed half time. Therefore, if a game could be stopped at the
right time, then there are potential profits to be had from winning
In 1997, two matches were abandoned because of floodlight failure.
Foul play was suspected. In February 1999 police arrested four men
following the discovery of some suspected burglars at the Charlton
Athletic football ground. Searches later revealed remote control
devices and other equipment.
At a later trial, four men were convicted of conspiracy to cause a
public nuisance and were sentenced to a total of 12 years'
imprisonment. One of the men was a security guard who had been bribed
to allow them access to the floodlights. Convicted persons were: Wai
Yuen Liu, Chee Kew Ong, Eng Hwa Lim and Roger Firth.
Four men were jailed for a total of 12 years
Asian Football fraudsters
"Malaysian Police Raid Cybercafe Bookmakers
Jun 21, 2002
The World Cup has proved fantastic business for bookmakers, even
illegal ones. In Malaysia, soccer is hugely popular, as is gambling.
Unfortunately, betting is illegal in Malaysia, as 10 bookmakers found
to their cost, when Malaysian Police arrested 10 people for soccer
betting last Friday at an Internet café near Kuala Lumpur.
The café?s owner was one of those arrested in the raid, which netted a
television, fax machine and schedules of World Cup matches, as well as
notebooks containing betting details.
Police Deputy Chief Rusni Hashim said police believed illegal bets at
the cafe amounted to about 300,000 ringgit ($78,950). The operators
had taken bets amounting to up to 25,000 ringgit ($6,600) a day since
the World Cup began on May 31.
Bettors are liable for a maximum fine of over $52000 or a five year
prison sentence if convicted.
Although betting is outlawed in Malaysia, illegal bookmakers have
prospered by taking bets on local soccer games and the English Premier
League. The extent of betting on English soccer games in Malaysia is
such that in 1999, two Premiership games suffered blackouts as
floodlights failed, due to sabotage by Malaysian betting syndicates in
an attempt to influence the result."
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