SINGAPORE: A hairstylist who thought she was helping an acquaintance will go to jail for 48 months for money-laundering offences.
35-year-old Gee Lee Cheng admitted to dishonestly receiving stolen property amounting to S$497,000 and carrying part of the money to Malaysia to pass to her friend, “Stephen”.
The nine offences were committed in May last year.
Although the prosecutor asked for a 24 month sentence, Judge Liew Thiam Leng sent Gee to jail for four years, which works out at around S$10,000 (US$8,000) for every month behind bars.
Cheng’s defence lawyer called the sentence ‘manifestly excessive’ and has launched an appeal.
Singapore’s judiciary is sending out a clear message of zero tolerance to anyone who abuses the financial system.