Second RWS exec fined over gifts for gamblers

Second RWS exec fined over gifts for gamblers
RWS executive, Sim Bee Ling, 31, was fined $20,000.

A RESORTS World Sentosa (RWS) executive was fined $20,000 on Friday for her part in misleading the Casino Regulatory Authority over the issuing of freebies to gamblers who renewed their annual entry levies.

Sim Bee Ling, 31, also known as Chernie, pleaded guilty last week to instructing team leader Thien Lai Foo to erase with correction fluid all mention of the giving out of Universal Studios Singapore tickets for annual levy renewals in a briefing book.

Casinos here are not allowed to offer any incentives to promote their annual levies.

The book was used to communicate instructions to the next shift of employees and the erased entries were replaced with new ones such as instructions on how to go about booking a limousine for a guest.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Gordon Oh said Sim, who was then the director of VIP Services, had explained to Mr Thien how the erasing of the entries had to be done for "CRA purpose".

Mr Albert Lim Tze Chean, former vice-president of VIP Services, then submitted these books to CRA inspectors.

Sim's lawyer, Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng, said his client was "motivated by a desire to right a wrong although in so doing she found herself at the wrong end of the law".

The court also heard that Sim is now a guest relations officer at the Equarius Hotel at RWS and her monthly salary has fallen from $8,380 to $5,000.

In imposing the fine, District Judge Liew Thiam Leng said that Sim did not gain any monetary or personal benefit from the offence.

Sim, who is a Malaysian and a permanent resident here, paid $10,000 on Friday and will settle the rest of the fine next Friday. She could have been fined up to $50,000 and jailed for up to two years.

Last month, Mr Lim was fined $100,000 on a charge of giving misleading information to the CRA and on eight charges of deleting incriminating evidence in online log entries.

RWS had been fined $600,000 last year for these violations. Another senior executive - Lee Poh Yee, who was then the senior vice-president of gaming services - is claiming trial.

khush@sph.com.sg


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