Four Malaysians, three male and one female, aged between 23 and 47 years, who are members of a transnational counterfeit credit card syndicate, were convicted in Court between 9 Mar 2017 and 19 Jul 2017 for carrying out fraudulent retail purchases using counterfeit credit cards. Another syndicate member, 48-year-old male Malaysian, Law Thin Poh, was earlier convicted for being in possession of counterfeit credit cards and a forged identity document on 19 Jan 2017.

On 25 Jul 2016, Police received information that purchases were being made using counterfeit credit cards. Acting on the information received, Police arrested 23-year-old Chan Yew Choon, 30-year-old Chong Li Hsien and 47-year-old Wong Ban Kuean at Orchard MRT station on the same day. An assortment of forged identity documents, counterfeit cards, and items worth about $23,000, which were purchased with the counterfeit credit cards, were recovered.

Through extensive follow-up investigations, the Police established the identities of two accomplices, 44-year-old Cheah Wei Yong and 48-year-old Law Thin Poh, who worked for the same transnational counterfeit credit card syndicate and were arrested at the Tuas Checkpoint on 19 Aug 2016. Four counterfeit credit cards and a forged identity document were found in 48-year-old Law's possession.

Between 19 Jan 2017 and 19 Jul 2017, the five syndicate members were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment ranged 17 months to 44 months as follows:

48-year-old Law Thin Poh convicted for two charges of Abetment by Conspiracy to Possess Forged Valuable Security under Sec 474 read with Sec 467 & Sec 108B of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Two other charges of possession of counterfeit credit card and forged document were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing;

23-year-old Chan Yew Choon convicted for eight charges of Abetment by Conspiracy to Cheat under Sec 420 read with Sec 116, Abetment by Conspiracy to Cheat under Sec 420 read with Sec 109 and Abetment by Conspiracy to Possess Forged Valuable Security under Sec 474 read with Sec 467 & Sec 108B of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Seventeen other charges of possession of counterfeit credit cards, cheating and attempted cheating were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing;

30-year-old Chong Li Hsien convicted for nine charges of Abetment by Conspiracy to Cheat under Sec 420 read with Sec 116, Abetment by Conspiracy to Cheat under Sec 420 read with Sec 109 and Abetment by Conspiracy to Possess Forged Valuable Security under Sec 474 read with Sec 467 & Sec 108B of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Twenty-three other charges of possession of credit cards and forged document, cheating and attempted cheating were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing;

47-year-old Wong Ban Kuean convicted for eight charges of Abetment by Conspiracy to Cheat under Sec 420 read with Sec 116, Abetment by Conspiracy to Cheat under Sec 420 read with Sec 109 and Abetment by Conspiracy to Possess Forged Valuable Security under Sec 474 read with Sec 467 & Sec 108B of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Seventeen other charges of possession of counterfeit credit cards, cheating and attempted cheating were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing; and44-year-old Cheah Wei Yong convicted for 12 charges of Abetment by Conspiracy to Cheat under Sec 420 read with Sec 116, Abetment by Conspiracy to Cheat under Sec 420 read with Sec 109 and Abetment by Conspiracy to Possess Forged Valuable Security under Sec 474 read with Sec 467 & Sec 108B of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Twenty-eight other charges of possession of counterfeit credit cards, cheating and attempted cheating were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing.

Anyone who is convicted of Possession of Forged Valuable Security shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 15 years, and shall also be liable to fine. Anyone who is convicted of Cheating shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Source: Singapore Police Force