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Online Gambling Bust Leads to Nine Arrests in Jakarta

Nine people in Indonesia were arrested on Friday, January 11 for their suspected affiliation with an illegal online gambling business. The business is thought to be based in Central Jakarta with additional ties to Surakarta, Central Java. Police believe the business has been operating for over two years, and that some of the people involved in the illegal gambling ring may still be at large.

Over Rp 1 billion (the equivalent of $103,600 United States dollars) were seized by police at the time of the arrests. The suspects are thought to have been raking in somewhere between Rp 30 million and Rp 50 million per day through the business, according to police. In addition to their affiliation with online gambling, police discovered the suspects also have ties with Indonesia's illegal lottery, called "togel," as well as connections with a bookie in Singapore.

Two Internet websites, ibcbet.com and sbobet.com, were used by suspects to run the online gambling business. According to Jakarta police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto, the Communications and Information Ministry has been asked by police to block all public and private access to these sites.

Illegal online gambling is a growing problem in Indonesia and across the world. Citizens can easily enter forbidden gambling sites via their cell phones, home computers, and other points of Internet access. Gamblers wager their money on the outcome of sporting events, poker, and numerous other casino games. With continuous access and no human security guards or other bars to entry, a person of any age can easily bet, and lose, their entire life's savings through these illegal online gambling sites. The results of these unmonitored sites can be personally devastating and financially catastrophic.

Rikwanto told reporters that the suspects' lucrative business, rooted in Johar Baru, Central Jakarta, has been illegally preying on its victims since 2010. While nine suspects have been apprehended by police, he implied there are likely to be other perpetrators still running free, as at least 150 other bank accounts were found to be linked to the operation. Rikwanto believes these accounts belong to gamblers, but at the time of this writing, the accounts were still being traced. In the mean time, Rikwanto added, these accounts have all been dismantled.

During an initial investigation of a Jakarta bank account affiliated with the online gambling business, police discovered that funds were being transferred to another account in Surakarta. All suspects involved were taking in a considerable sums of money. While suspects in Jakarta were yielding up to Rp 50 million per day, those in Surakarta were thought to be taking in up to Rp 30 million per day.

If convicted, the suspects could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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