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The Police have arrested two female teenagers, aged 18 and 20 for their suspected involvement in a series of loanshark harassment cases.

On 5 April 2021 at 11.10pm, the Police were alerted to a case of loanshark harassment along Bedok North Road. The gate of a residential unit was allegedly secured with a bicycle lock and a debtor’s note was left outside the unit.

Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identities of the duo and arrested them on 6 April 2021. Preliminary investigations revealed that the duo are allegedly involved in other cases of loanshark harassment.

The 18-year-old teenager will be charged in court on 8 April 2021. Police investigations against the 20-year-old teenager are ongoing. Under the Moneylenders Act 2010 (Revised Edition), the offence of loanshark harassment for first-time offenders carries a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $50,000, with 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, cause annoyance to the public or disrupt public safety, peace and security, will be 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. Members of 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
07 April 2021 @ 9:20 PM
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