SIN: man jailed for smuggling Brunei Dollars into Singapore

News Desk

On 14 November 2023, a 26-year-old male Malaysian, Bryan WOO Kah Hou , was convicted of two offences under Section 60 Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act 1992 (“CDSA”) read with Section 108B of the Penal Code 1871.

In June 2023, Woo completed a declaration of cash at the border. But his forms understated the amount he was carrying. Travellers must declare sums exceeding SGD20,000 or the equivalent in other currencies.

Singapore Police Force said "On 20 June 2023, the Police were alerted to a case of a man carrying cash exceeding SGD 20,000 at Changi Airport Terminal 2. Investigations revealed that Woo, an employee of a money-changing company in Malaysia, had handed a declaration form indicating that he was carrying a sum of BND 468,000 and SGD 37,500 to an Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (“ICA”) officer whilst the ICA officer was conducting routine checks on Woo. Woo was aware that he was carrying a sum in excess of what he declared. Woo then submitted another declaration form to the ICA officer, declaring that he was carrying the sum of BND 1,827,068 and SGD 135,000. Investigations revealed this second form was inaccurate, as further checks by ICA officers revealed that Woo was carrying cash of BND 1,953,818 and SGD 25,235 (that is, a total value equivalent to SGD 1,979,053). The cash was seized as part of investigations.

"Investigations revealed that Woo had previously submitted a false declaration on arrival in Singapore on 16 June 2023 where he declared that he was carrying cash of BND 428,000 and SGD 30,000 (when he was in fact carrying the equivalent of SGD 1,000,000). "

The total involved (BND=SGD, approx) was SGD1.9 million and the cash was seized.

Prosecutors sought a confiscation order for SGD400,000 and that was granted on 1st February 2024.

Woo was sentenced to a total fine of SGD30,000.

The only offences charged were failing to accurately report the sums he was carrying.