An illegal casino was dismantled by the Hong Kong Police. Located in the Selwyn Factory Building in Kwun Tong, one of the eighteen districts of the city, the gaming space offered betting games to dozens of people. Police action swept through the 1,600 square foot makeshift casinos and arrested a total of 48 people. One of them was surprisingly a police officer from the local law enforcement.
Poker games allegedly operated by Ng Hin Fung
Ng Hin Fung, who worked at Cheung Sha Wan police station, allegedly had a second job at the illegal establishment operating or assisting in poker games. It will now be debited from two accounts:
The first is the operation of an illegal gambling establishment. Ng Hin Fung, 29, can take on so much two years in prison and receive a $ 640,000 fine. The second crime is the organization of an illegal public gathering that does not comply with COVID-19 regulations. On this charge, the policeman risks up to six months in prison and a fine of $ 3,000.
Ng Hin Fung posted $ 1,300 bail to avoid arrest, but his case will continue. It is now expected that its outcome will be decided by October 11. Following his arrest, the man was relieved of his duties as a police officer.
Police action has had many more arrests
South China Morning Post reports that a total of 48 people were arrested by Hong Kong police. Among them were 36 men and 12 women, most of them in their twenties. However, there were people as young as 18 and 54. They come from diverse backgrounds, some being students, others working in various industries, and some unemployed.
Kong Wing Sum, 29, and Wong Chun Long, 24, were arrested for gambling accounts at the illegal casino, as was Ng Hin Fung.
The director of the illegal establishment and his assistants face the most severe charges of exploiting an illegal gambling space. The others arrested were gamblers – twenty-one of them already admitted to the crime and received a more reasonable fine of around $ 128.
In addition, four poker tables were found in the Selwyn factory building where the illegal casino was operating. All kinds of gaming related items were found on the site, including cards, tokens, and more. In total, $ 77,200 in cash and tokens were taken away by the police.
Illegal gambling is a recurring problem in Hong Kong and often requires police intervention. In December, law enforcement blew up a much larger underground gambling hall in Tsim Sha Tsui District, where more than $ 3 million in tokens were seized.