Published on May 29, 2015 in Industry News

illegal gambling IndonesiaThe Indonesian Police are working hard at cracking down on illegal gambling operations in the country and have recently shut down more than 350 illegal gambling sites.

Reports have confirmed that these illegal gambling sites were housed in Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia and that there were more than 160 bank accounts linked to the sites. Police authorities believe that these bank accounts were used for illegal gambling transactions such as receiving deposits from punters.

While no suspects have been named in the case, the police have stated that they are working with Indonesia’s Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre to find the owners of the bank accounts in question.

We will summon the owners of the bank accounts. If no one comes forward to claim responsibility for the bank accounts, the state will confiscate the funds in the accounts in line with Supreme Court rulings,” Viktor Simandjuntak, director of the National Police’s special crimes unit, told media reporters at a press conference.

Authorities working on the case have made it very clear that illegal gambling will not be tolerated in Indonesia and that any suspects involved could face money-laundering charges as well as illegal gambling charges, which are considered to be 'cybercrimes'.