A Singapore national is jailed for $600k in dirty cash deposits at Sydney’s The Star casino


Posted on the 4th of February 2016

A Singapore national is jailed for $600k in dirty cash deposits at Sydney’s The Star casino

San Wei Koh, a Singapore national arrived in Australia on the 27th of April, 2015. At the time of his arrival, he declared that he did not have more than $10,000 in Australian money. However, within 8 days of arriving in Australia, Koh deposited $299,650 in cash in a Star Casino safety deposit box. On the following day, Koh deposited $703,000 in cash in the same safety deposit box. Suspicious about the origin of the large amount of cash, casino staff contacted police, who proceeded to investigate. According to Koh, the money came from his aunt who manages a brothel in Newcastle. She asked Koh to collect it and to send it to his uncle in China. Koh said that he collected it from his aunt, sent $100k to his “non-existent” uncle in China, and put the rest in the casino deposit box. At the end of the police investigation, and court trial, $600k was seized and forfeited, and Koh pleaded guilty to 2 counts of dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime. He was jailed for 9 months, and is expected to be deported on release.

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