37 year old Kiran Singh Rughbir Singh was hauled up to court today (9 Feb) where he pleaded his guilt towards a charge of cheating by personation.
This was because he had given his TraceTogether app for an unvaccinated friend to gain entry to a dining establishment, which under current pandemic rules is forbidden.
65 year old Utheyakumar Nallathamby, who is Singh’s co-accused will go back to court next month while sentencing for Singh has been postponed.
On 9 Sep 2021, Utheyakumar, Singh’s girlfriend and Singh had went to Sentosa for drinks where Utheyakumar was refused entry by one of the employees at the Bikini Bar as he is unvaccinated.
The three of them then decided to leave the Bikini Bar to find another place to drink and they settled on Coates Bar when Singh suggested that Utheyakumar used his TraceTogether app to gain entry to the establishment using the identity of Singh who is vaccinated.
Utheyakumar together with Singh’s girlfriend managed to get into the establishment first while Singh waited outside for his chance to get into the bar.
The employee at Coates Bar had even asked Utheyakumar and Singh’s girlfriend if the vaccinated information shown on the screen after scanning belonged to them.
Recognised by the Bikini Bar’s employee
The employee at Bikini Bar who rejected Utheyakumar from entry earlier noticed what was going on and went over to inform the assistant manager and operations manager at Coates Bar.
They checked the phone and realised that Utheyakumar had used Singh’s phone and the matter was subsequently reported to the Sentosa Development Corporation’s duty manager who in turn informed the Police.
Penalties Singh could face
For lending his phone to Utheyakumar for purpose of cheating by personation, Singh could receive a jail term of up to five years and/or a fine.
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