Man pretended he could bribe cops

SINGAPORE - When a Marina Bay Sands employee was arrested for alleged cheating offences, his friend, James Gunaseelan, told his wife he knew a retired police officer who could help dispose of evidence against him.

But when Ms Azlina Mohamed handed Gunaseelan $3,200 to bribe the ex-cop and a Criminal Investigation Department investigator, he spent the money himself. On Tuesday, the jobless 48-year-old was jailed for a month and given a $3,200 penalty.

Gunaseelan launched his scheme after Shaikh Salman Anwar Baladaram, 50, a guest service agent at the hotel, was arrested in July 2011.

Ms Azlina, an executive officer with the CPF Board, told the police what her husband did after he was charged. Investigations found no money was paid to any officer and Gunaseelan admitted corruptly soliciting a bribe. If unable to pay the penalty, he must serve three more weeks in jail. Shaikh Salman claimed trial to cheating charges and is awaiting a verdict. Action is yet to be taken against his wife.

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