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Four Men To Be Charged With Commercial Crime Offences

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by June 17, 2019 General

Four men, aged between 40 and 53, who were involved in four separate cases of commercial crimes, will be charged in court on 18 June 2019 with commercial crime-related offences. The suspects are believed to be involved in commercial crimes where victims have lost more than $1 million, and two of them face additional sexual and property related charges under the Penal Code.

The brief details of the cases are as follows:

In the first case, on 22 November 2016, the Police were alerted to a case where a 43-year-old man, employed as an interior designer of an interior design company, had forged two cheques, amounting to $22,520, by dishonestly filling his own name as payee for his personal use. Between 2018 and 2019, the man was believed to be involved in two theft cases and being in possession of an item which he could not account for. For forging the cheques, the man will be charged with forgery of valuable security, punishable under Section 467 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 15 years, and shall also be liable to fine. For theft, the man will be charged with theft in dwelling punishable under Section 380 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years, and shall also be liable to fine. For possessing an item which he could not explained for, the man will be charged with fraudulent possession of property punishable under Section 35(1) Chapter 184. If convicted, he shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both.

In the second case, on 27 October 2017, the Police were alerted to a case where a 53-year-old man had misappropriated monies and cheated a total of 77 victims amounting to S$1,033,650 between 2016 and 2017 by proposing a high yield investment program. The man is also believed to be involved in several cases of outrage of modesty of a woman between 27 September and 1 October 2017. For cheating and misappropriating victims’ monies, the man will be charged with cheating and criminal breach of trust punishable under Section 420 and 406 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 respectively. If convicted of cheating, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine. If convicted of criminal breach of trust, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years, or with fine, or with both. For the man’s outrage of modesty offences, he will be charged with outrage of modesty punishable under Section 354 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years, or with fine, or with caning, or with any combination of such punishments.

In the third case, on 30 August 2018, the Police were alerted to a case where a 40-year-old man, employed as a branch manager of a restaurant, had misappropriated the restaurant’s sales proceeds amounting about $14,000 over a period of a month. The man was entrusted to bank in the restaurant’s daily sales proceeds into the company’s bank account. Instead, he had used the money for his personal gains. The man will be charged with criminal breach of trust as a servant punishable under Section 408 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 15 years and shall be liable to a fine.

In the last case, on 23 October 2018, the Police were alerted to a case where a 43-year-old man, employed as a head chef of a company, had cheated six employees of the company to hand over a total sum of about $17,500 to him between 2017 and 2018, as payments for agency fees in order to be employed by the company, in which were not required as part of the company’s recruitment process. The man will be charged with cheating punishable under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.

The Police have zero tolerance towards such criminal acts. The Police will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly disregard the law.

Source: Singapore Police Force

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