The Police have arrested a 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman for their suspected involvement in a series of loanshark harassments.
On 5 January 2021 at about 12.55am, the Police were alerted to a case of loanshark harassment at a residential unit along Tampines Avenue 4. Preliminary investigations revealed that a man was about to lock the gate of the unit when the residents of the unit opened the door. Upon seeing the residents, the man fled on a motorcycle with a woman.
Through investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identities of the duo and arrested them on 7 January 2021. Preliminary investigations revealed that they are believed to be involved in other cases of loanshark harassment island-wide.
The man will be charged in court on 9 January 2021. Police investigations against the woman are ongoing. Under the Moneylenders Act (Revised Edition 2010), the offence of loanshark harassment for first-time offenders carries a fine between $5,000 and $50,000, a mandatory imprisonment of up to five years, and mandatory caning of up to six strokes.
The Police have zero tolerance for loanshark harassment activities. Those who deliberately vandalise properties, and cause annoyance and disruptions to public sense of 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 the loansharks 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.
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
08 January 2021 @ 10:25 PM