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September 24, 2021

Figures released by Secretary for Security

Macau gaming-related crime increases 15% in Q1

Macau gaming-related crime increases 15% in Q1
The number of people arrested and forwarded for prosecution was up 12.8% to 1,822. Of these, 445 were charged with gambling-related crimes, 5% higher than last year.
Macau | 05/23/2017

The number of people arrested and forwarded for prosecution was up 12.8% to 1,822. Of these, 445 were charged with gambling-related crimes, 5% higher than last year.

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ecretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, said during a press conference that 219 cases of fraudulent business were reported, a 28.8 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Gaming-related crimes – defined as taking place in or around casinos – were up 15.2% to 424.

Crimes involving unlawful detention, which typically involve loan sharks detaining gamblers until family or friends on the mainland can make good on their gambling debts, were up 18% to 105. On the other hand, crimes of usury – the lending of money at exorbitant rates – was down 16%.

Individuals accused of “false currency” crimes nearly doubled from 50 to 95 cases. Of the MOP 8.8m (US $1.1m) in bogus currency involved in these crimes, all but MOP 400k came from gamblers attempting to introduce bogus casino chips into play.

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