August 9, 2007 / 3:22 AM / in 11 years

Malaysia jails bookie for illegal soccer bets

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Reuters) - A Malaysian court jailed a soccer bookmaker for two years and and fined him one million ringgit ($294,000) for illegally accepting bets on European soccer matches, a newspaper said on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Malaysian man, Ong Seh Sen, became the first to be convicted under the country’s anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism finance act, the New Straits Times said.

Ong was the mastermind behind a Kuala Lumpur-based syndicate that illegally accepted bets on football matches in the English, Italian and Spanish leagues, it said.

Arrested in 2004 after two of his runners were nabbed in a police sting, Ong was was initially charged with 75 counts of money laundering involving a total of 1.4 million ringgit.

$1=3.45 Malaysian ringgit

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