photo source: Singapore Customs
A logistics company director, Iskandar Bin Abu Bakar, 44, was sentenced by the State Courts on 15 January 2018 to 40 months’ imprisonment and a fine of $8.7 million, or in default 20 months’ imprisonment, for dealing with and storing of duty-unpaid cigarettes.
Iskandar was previously sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment on 23 June 2008 for dealing with 500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes. As a repeat offender, he is liable to an enhanced punishment under the Customs Act, which includes a mandatory jail term of up to six years, as well as a heavier fine of no less than 30 times the duty or Goods and Services Tax evaded.
Iskandar was arrested on 6 July 2017 when Singapore Customs officers conducted an operation at the Changi Airfreight Centre (CAC). The officers inspected a consignment of two wooden crates, declared as “machinery parts and accessories”, that were supposed to be sent to Iskandar’s logistics company. The officers uncovered a total of 3,050 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in the two wooden crates. Iskandar had intended to smuggle the duty-unpaid cigarettes in his car out from the CAC in multiple trips.
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Source: FB post by Singapore Customs