Jailed for hiring fake gambling cafe owners

Jailed for hiring fake gambling cafe owners

SINGAPORE - A 51-year-old man who bribed two others to take the rap for his accomplice's illegal gaming operation was on Tuesday sentenced to four weeks in jail.

Pak Lian Huat pleaded guilty to giving $500 each to Stephen Low Teck Khwee and Thanabal Sokalingam Thambusamy for them to pretend that they were running illegal gambling cafes in Bedok.

In fact, it was Cheh Back Hai, 64, who had been operating the outlets disguised as Internet cafes when authorities found out about them in 2007.

The court heard on Tuesday that Pak and Cheh became acquainted when they were both working in the renovation industry.

Cheh was then running more than a dozen illegal Internet gambling cafes outlets across Singapore. Deputy Public Prosecutor Haniza Abnass said Cheh hired several scapegoats to register as owners of the cafes to prevent authorities from discovering that he was behind the illegal operation.

He paid them $500 a month.

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