Police arrest 7 social media influencers for promoting or facilitating illegal bookmaking, 1 of them also arrested for possession of e-cigarettes

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28th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) Police New Territories South Regional Criminal Division recently noticed that there are social media influencers commonly known as “Key Opinion Leaders” (KOL) promoting illegal gambling websites through social media. After intelligence analysis and in-depth investigation, the police identified 7 “KOLs” and believed one of them is suspected of using photos belonging to others to set up social media accounts to promote or facilitate illegal bookmaking. New Territories South regional crime unit chief inspector Chan Ka-ying held a press conference at noon today to elaborate on the case.

The police launched an anti-illegal gambling operation from last Monday (21st) to yesterday (27th), raiding and searching multiple premises in Mong Kok, Tsuen Wan, Tseung Kwan O, Wan Chai and Yuen Long districts. During the operation, the police arrested seven women (aged 20 to 30) for the crime of “promoting or facilitating the taking of bets”. One of them reported as a beautician, one as an entertainer, and the others as unemployed. The police seized a total of 7 mobile phones, 1 tablet computer and 1 laptop computer. In addition, after the police seized 76 e-cigarettes containing nicotine at the premises of one of the arrested women surnamed Chan (21 years old), they also arrested Chan for “possession of Part 1 poison”.

One of the arrested social media influencers is Lam Bui-yee. She is otherwise known as Chantale Belle on Instagram. In recent years, Chantale participated in pro-democracy actor Chapman To’s online program and became very popular. Chantale recently went on a trip to Bangkok, Thailand, and posted a few pictures of herself in swimsuits by the pool. Some netizens commented that they only wanted to see ‘boobs’ and she responded with “fxxk off then.”

76 e-cigarettes containing nicotine seized by police
Picture source: IG/Chantalebelle

Picture source: IG/Chantalebelle
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