Malaysian woman sentenced to 6 weeks' jail for stealing RWS casino chips

The Malaysian national, who was in Singapore on a social visit pass, committed the crimes within a span of four hours on the evening of May 6 this year.
The Malaysian national, who was in Singapore on a social visit pass, committed the crimes within a span of four hours on the evening of May 6 this year. PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - She had lost some money gambling at the Resorts World Sentosa casino and wanted a quick way to recoup her losses. So Chong Siew Lion, 45, shifted the wagers of 12 people at various roulette tables to her betting area.

The Malaysian national, who was in Singapore on a social visit pass, committed the crimes within a span of four hours on the evening of May 6 this year.

She was discovered only when one of the victims, who wanted to claim his winnings, found his wager missing. He then complained to the dealer on duty.

Chong was arrested by the police after RWS casino security staff reviewed CCTV footage. A total of $84 worth of casino chips were found on her following her arrest.

For theft, Chong was sentenced to six weeks' jail on Wednesday. She faced a total of 34 charges involving $910 worth of casino chips, with 10 of the charges proceeded with. She pleaded guilty to the charges.

The judge heard that Chong, who wore a sombre expression in court, is a caregiver for her mother who has difficulty moving around. She is married with no children.

Under Section 379 of the Penal Code, any person who is convicted of theft can be punished with a jail term of up to three years and a fine.