Man fined for using someone else's IC to enter casino

Nigel Chin
Singapore’s State Courts (Yahoo file photo)

A 46-year-old man who tried to enter the Marina Bay Sands casino with someone else’s identity card (IC) was fined $5,000 on Thursday (12 January).

Koh Chye Huat, a general manager of a car dealership, pleaded guilty to two charges of entering a casino on false pretences.

According to court documents, Koh had been placed under the National Council on Problem Gambling Self-Exclusion Order from 24 February 2010 until 24 February 2109.

However, he used the IC belonging to Sahafudin Abdullah to enter the casino on two occasions in June last year.

When he tried to enter a third time on 2 July last year, he was detained by a supervisor at the casino, who then called the police.

Koh obtained Sahafudin’s IC when the latter sold a car purchased from the dealership back to the dealership and handed over his IC to arrange for the ownership of the car to be transferred.

As Sahafudin still owed the dealership money from buying the car, he agreed to pay back the amount in monthly instalments.

However, he faced financial difficulties and was not able to pay the instalments. Fearing the company would insist on repayment, he decided not to collect his IC, which was then passed to Koh by the salesman from the dealership.

Koh then subsequently used the IC to enter the casino.

For entering a casino under false pretences, Koh could have been fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to three years, or both.