A 37-year-old Indonesian woman was being investigated by Singapore police after she lodged a false report about a robbery on Tuesday afternoon.

On December 18 at 4.35 pm, the woman filed a case with police, claiming she had been robbed of cash by a man on Senja Road in Bukit Panjang, the Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.

However, based on witness accounts, officers from the Jurong Police Division detected several inconsistencies, suggesting she may have provided police with false information by claiming she had been the victim of a robbery.

The newspaper learned that the woman had worked as a domestic worker in Singapore for a year. On December 18, she reportedly lost her mobile phone, which had not been bought with prior approval or acknowledgment by her employer.

The worker lied about the robbery as she thought the police may be able to find her lost mobile phone.

Authorities reminded the public that anyone convicted of giving any information known to be false to a public servant shall be punished with imprisonment of up to one year, or with a fine which may extend to S$5000 (US$3,652), or both.