The compulsion to gamble was so strong that a 42-year-old man resorted to using his mother’s identity card to go to a casino from which he is barred from entering.
And after he was caught by security, he flushed his mother’s identity card down the toilet. The card was never found.
Channel NewsAsia reported reported that Tan Hiang Seng, a salesman, has been under the Casino Exclusion Order since June 2011. The measure bars problem gamblers and those in financial hardship from entering the casinos in Singapore based on personal applications or those from family and employers.
Even though he was under the order, Tan managed to get into the casino at Marina Bay Sands Singapore with his mother’s identity card 20 times between November and December 2011.
He was caught when he swiped his personal casino membership card at one of the game tables to gain points.
For his offences, Tan was sentenced to four weeks in prison and slapped with a S$2,000 fine last week.
He could have been jailed for up to 15 years and fined S$15,000 for using another person's identification and disposing of an identity card.