A Singaporean court has fined a Vietnamese man SGD$10,000 (US$8,200) for not declaring SGD836,000 ($680,646) to local customs upon entering Singapore last May.
Tran Ngoc Khoi, a 36-year-old businessman, was found bringing the money in his bag and underwear to help his three friends to pay off their gambling debts with the Marina Bay Sands casino, The Strait Times quoted police's investigations as saying on Thursday.
Also a regular gambler at the casino, Khoi arrived at Changi Airport on May 23 with hand luggage.
When the airport's security guards asked him to have his luggage screened, the man did not follow the request but left for a toilet.
Local forces later found SGD$436,000 ($357,544) in his bag and another SGD$400,000 ($328,022) in his underwear.
According to the news report, anyone who moves SGD$30,000 or more, or the equivalent in a foreign currency, must declare the money with customs. Failure to do this could result in fines up to $50,000, up to three years in jail, or both.
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