A 42-year-old female visitor from Indonesia was being investigated by Singapore police for an allegedly false report of a S$100,000 (US$73,400) robbery on Friday.
The woman, said to be a businesswoman in Indonesia, reported to the police at around 1am that she had been robbed of a handbag containing S$100,000 in cash by an unknown man on Unity Street, according to a Singapore Police Force press release.
During their investigations, officers from Tanglin Police Division found several inconsistencies in the woman’s statements and suspected that she had given false information.
It was understood that the woman had borrowed money from friends and relatives claiming it would be used for business in Singapore, Shin Min Daily News reported. However, the woman went to Marina Bay Sands Casino instead and lost all her money on the gaming table.
As she did not want the incident exposed, she allegedly lodged a robbery report to the police.
The public was reminded that those who lodge false police reports or provide false information will face serious consequences under Singapore law.
If convicted of knowingly giving false information to a public servant, she could be jailed for up to a year and fined up to S$5,000.