Pacific Mansion tenant jailed for offering security guards bribes

Li Yilin, 35, had slipped the guards $50 each in return for them not reporting the fact that she was subletting her condominium apartment to tourists via Airbnb. (PHOTOS: Google Street View screengrab / CPIB)

SINGAPORE — A woman who tried to bribe two security guards into turning a blind eye over her subletting activities was given a week’s jail on Thursday (28 November).

Li Yilin, 35, had slipped the guards $50 each in return for them not reporting the fact that she was subletting her condominium apartment to tourists via the Airbnb short-term housing rental platform.

She had been renting an apartment at the Pacific Mansion condominium when offered to sub-let it to a group of tourists for five days and four nights, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in a media release.

When the tourists arrived at the condominium, they approached its guardhouse to ask for the keys to the apartment.

Security guard Mohamed Sapah then called Li and told her that subletting her unit for short-term occupancy was prohibited.

Li later approached the guardhouse and placed two $50 notes under a black file for Sapah and another guard, Mohammad Sa’at Abu Bakar. This was in exchange for them not reporting her actions to the condominium management.

Both guards rejected the bribes and reported the matter to CPIB.

Li was charged in court on 19 July with two counts of giving bribes. She was convicted on one charge, with the other taken into consideration for sentencing.

“The CPIB would like to commend Mohamed Sapah and Mohammad Sa’at Abu Bakar for their integrity in rejecting the bribe offer,” the press release added.

For corruptly giving gratification, Li could have been jailed up five years, fined up to $100,000, or both.

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