Two women fined $15,000 for bringing in $1.8m without declaring it at Woodlands

Two Malaysian women were fined $15,000 each for bringing into Singapore $1.8 million without declaring it at Woodlands Checkpoint.

Tay Bee Hoong, 40, and Yong King Lieng, 49, pleaded guilty to the offence at the States Courts on Wednesday. Tay, who owned the money, had instructed Yong to transport the $1.8 million from Malaysia to Singapore without declaring it at the checkpoint on Oct 6 last year. Yong's charge was for moving the amount which exceeded the prescribed amount of $30,000 into Singapore.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kok Shu-En said Yong and two others arrived at the checkpoint last Oct 6 in a Malaysian-registered car.

During a routine check, an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officer found a bag with stacks of cash. Investigation showed that Tay had instructed Yong to bring the money from her (Tay's) home in Malaysia to the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino where she was gambling. The $1.8 million were part of her previous winnings at the integrated resort.

Checks with RWS casino revealed that there are electronic screens at each cashier counter reminding patrons of their obligation to declare cross-border movements of more than $30,000.

They could each have been fined up to $50,000 and/or jailed for up to three years.

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