A 26-year-old Filipino woman has been charged with bribing two police officers.
Prisibelle Pascua Abalos is said to have offered S$20 to Corporal Fatin Hazirah Mustaffa and Staff Sergeant Yves Yeo Mingshu on August 22 this year.
Abalos allegedly made the offer after she was caught littering near Orchard Towers. Under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Abalos can be fined up to S$100,000 and jailed up to five years if convicted.
According to NEA or National Environment Agency of Singapore, the penalty is as follows:
• For first time offenders for minor litter, a $300 composition fine will be imposed. If they do not want to pay the fine, they will be sent to court where they can be fined up to $1000.
• For first time offenders for major litter, they will be sent to court where $1,000 fine can be imposed and or CWO.
• Anyone caught for littering the second time will be sent to court where NEA prosecutors will apply to the court for the offender to pay a fine and perform CWO. However, the penalties will differ depending on whether it is his first or second time in court.
– For an offender’s first time in court, maximum fine imposed is $1000
– For the second time, the maximum fine is $2000
– For the third or subsequent offences, the maximum fine is $5000
For all the above three scenarios, the maximum number of hours a judge may instruct an offender to perform is 12 hours. At any time, an offender will carry up to only 3 hours of CWO a day.