Airport Worker Fined for Taking Bribes

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A passenger service assistant working at Changi International Airport was fined $6,700 on Thursday for accepting bribes to allow four passengers to check in excess baggage without cost.

Channel News Asia is reporting that on one occasion the man allowed a 650-pound bag to be checked without any excess baggage fee.

William Wong, 36, also paid an additional penalty of $1,120, which was the amount of bribes he collected between May and November 2008.

Wong worked at the Emirates Airline check-in counter, where his duties included assisting passengers to check in for their flights and ensuring that passenger baggage did not exceed the airline's weight limit.

Investigations revealed Wong befriended a Sri Lankan national in April 2008, who approached Wong with four other Sri Lankan passengers on several occasions. Each passenger carried excess baggage, and Wong agreed to check them all in without charging extra fees.

Wong later received $1,120 as a reward from his new friend.

The airline employee faced seven charges under Singapore's Prevention of Corruption Act. He pleaded guilty to four of the charges.

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