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The Police have arrested a 26-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man for their suspected involvement in two separate cases of loanshark harassment.

On 19 March 2020, the Police received a report of loanshark harassment at a residential unit along Pasir Ris Drive 4, where the door was splashed with paint and a debtor’s note was affixed on the window of the unit. Through investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 23 March 2020. Preliminary investigations revealed that she is believed to be involved in several other cases of loanshark harassment islandwide.

On the same day, the Police received a report of loanshark harassment at a residential unit along Tampines Street 43, where the door was splashed with paint and a debtor’s note was affixed on the gate of the unit. Through investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on 24 March 2020.

The woman will be charged in court on 25 March 2020 and the man will be charged in court on 26 March 2020 for offences under the Moneylenders Act (Revised Edition 2010). Under the Moneylenders Act (Revised Edition 2010), the offence of loanshark harassment for first time offenders carries a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $50,000 and mandatory imprisonment of up to five years, and mandatory caning of up to six strokes.

The Police have zero tolerance against loanshark harassment. Those who deliberately vandalise properties or cause annoyance and disruption to public safety, peace and security will be arrested and dealt with severely in accordance with the law.

Members of the public are advised to stay away from loansharks and not to work with or assist them in any way.  The public can call the Police at ‘999’ or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664 if they suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities.


PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
24 March 2020 @ 10:25 PM
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