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RWS cashier accused of $10,000 theft

She is the first RWS employee to be charged with a criminal offence since casino opened. -ST

Tue, Apr 20, 2010
The Straits Times

By Elena Chong

AN EMPLOYEE of Resorts World Sentosa was jailed for two months yesterday after she stole $10,000 from the casino.

Cashier Lim Ee Wah, 39, took the money during her shift on April 6 and gambled it away before being caught.

The court heard that Lim was on the night shift with her colleague, Ms Cheng Chooi Hsia, 30, on April 5.

At about 5am on April 6, Ms Cheng needed to count some takings for the night but the money counting machine was in use.

As she had to attend to customers, she left the two bundles of cash, totalling $10,000, at the machine and subsequently forgot about them.

About 15 minutes later, Lim also needed to count some money and found the unattended notes.

After having her takings counted, she took the $10,000 cash and her day's takings.

During her two break periods, she sneaked out the stolen cash and hid it in her locker.

Lim went home at 8am when her shift ended.

Ms Cheng discovered the $10,000 missing only after Lim had left. Closed-circuit television video footage reviewed later caught Lim in the act.

She was arrested nine days later at her home.

Investigations showed that she had spent the stolen money on gaming activities. She has since made full restitution.

A first offender, the mother of two pleaded for leniency, asking for a fine, but District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan said a custodial sentence was a must.

He said the amount stolen was "quite significant".

Lim could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined.

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