Papua Police arrest online gambling operators in Timika
Nethy Dharma Somba
The Jakarta Post
Cybercrime unit personnel from the Papua Police have arrested suspected online gambling operators who have allegedly been carrying out the illegal activity since January 2017.
Allegedly running their business from a shop-house on Jl. Belibis, Timika, the suspected online gambling operators reportedly had a turnover of between Rp 600 million (US$45,038.34) and Rp 700 million per day.
“Three suspects have been taken into custody by the Papua Police. They are being investigated,” Papua Police chief Insp.Gen. Paulus Waterpauw told journalists in Jayapura on Tuesday.
“The suspect identified by the initials GO alias GW alias WS is the owner of a website used for the gambling activities. LL alias BSG was responsible for collecting and counting money, as well as monitoring lucky numbers in the gambling activities. Meanwhile, SS was an accountant assigned to make a balance sheet for their business.”
The three suspects were arrested in Timika on Saturday. Waterpauw said it was possible for the police to name more people suspects in the case because investigators had questioned seven people as witnesses, six of which whom were retailers.
“They claimed that per day they could get around Rp 600 million to Rp 700 million but from the initial results of the cybercrime team’s investigation, they possibly got up to Rp 2 billion per day,” said Waterpauw. The website for their online gambling activities was centered in Munich, Germany, to avoid a site closure by the Communications and Information Ministry. (ebf)
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