* Broke rules against reimbursing casino entry fees
* Regulator flags up possible forgery of documents
* Staff face possible criminal investigation
* Regulator chides casino for second breach of rules
By Kevin Lim
SINGAPORE, Sept 12 Staff at a casino run by
Genting Singapore could face criminal charges after
the city state's regulator fined the company for breaching
Genting acknowledged it broke gambling rules early last year
by partially reimbursing a S$2,000 entry fee paid by around
3,400 local people, using incentives such as concert tickets and
The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) fined the
Genting unit - Resorts World Sentosa Pte Ltd (RWS) - S$600,000
($488,100) after an investigation during which it said it might
have been given forged documents and misleading information by
"CRA has therefore referred these cases to the Commercial
Affairs Department (CAD) for investigation into possible
criminal offences," the regulator said.
"Casino operators are prohibited from refunding or
reimbursing the entry levy, whether directly or indirectly," CRA
Genting said it had introduced measures to ensure compliance
with the rules.
"The company is fully committed to uphold Singapore's social
safeguards to protect locals from problem gambling, both in
policy and the execution," the Singapore unit of Malaysia's
Genting Bhd said in a statement.
Singapore allowed two multibillion-dollar casino-resorts to
open in 2010 as part of measures to boost tourism. Gaming
revenues in the city state hit $5.7 billion last year -- roughly
on par with the Las Vegas Strip.
U.S. casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp operates
Singapore's other casino-resort.
"There could be a little bit of knee-jerk reaction for the
share price tomorrow," said a Singapore analyst who declined to
Genting Singapore rose 0.7 percent on Wednesday but its
shares have fallen around 8 percent so far this year versus the
14 percent gain in the benchmark Straits Times Index.
CRA chief executive Lau Peet Meng said the case was "RWS's
second breach with regard to the reimbursement of entry levy".
"While we note that RWS has put in place measures to
strengthen its compliance processes as a result of this breach,
CRA is sending a clear signal to the operator that they should
comply fully with the social safeguards put in place to protect
locals," he added.