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Businessman uses fake boarding passes to enjoy high end airport lounges for 18 days

By Mason White 9:21 AM September 21, 2016
Raejali Buntut 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A businessman was arrested on a charge of forgery after being accused of printing fake boarding passes to gain access to premium lounges at an airport, according to police in Singapore.

Now, 33-year-old Raejali Buntut of Malaysia, has been sentenced to serve 2 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of forgery.

He faced up to 125 years in prison. According to the criminal complaint, Buntut missed his flight back to Kuala Lumpur, and remained in the transit zone.

For the following 18 days, he lived in premium lounges at the airport by using 31 fake boarding passes. Buntut first checked in at the Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 1, using a boarding pass and Priority Pass issued by Citibank.

Since his boarding pass was no longer valid, he decided to print boarding passes from Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. He then used software image editing on his laptop computer to alter them.

Buntut inserted his name, a false flight number and a false destination.

Buntut used the fake boarding passes to gain access to the Plaza Premium Lounge, the Sats Premier Lounge, and the Dnata Lounge at T1, before going to the Ambassador Transit Lounge at T3.

Lounge staff called police last Tuesday, after he tried to enter the same room for the fourth time.