Four men and a woman, aged between 27 and 44, will be charged in court on 10 July 2019 with commercial crime-related offences. The suspects are believed to be involved in five separate cases of commercial crimes where victims have lost more than $1.6 million.

In the first case, on 5 February 2010, the Police were alerted to a report where a 38-year-old man, employed as a sales assistant, had misappropriated monies belonging to a mobile telecommunication shop amounting to at least $5,300 in January 2010. He had left Singapore before a police report was lodged and was subsequently arrested on 15 January 2019. The man will be charged in court on 10 July 2019 with criminal breach of trust as a servant punishable under Section 408 of the Penal Code.

In the second case, on 2 August 2018, the Police were alerted to a report where a 44-year-old man, employed as a store supervisor, had misappropriated sales proceeds of the store amounting to at least $71,000 between June and July 2018. The man will be charged in court on 10 July 2019 with criminal breach of trust as a servant.

In the third case, on 16 October 2018, the Police were alerted to a report where a 29-year-old woman, employed as a sales associate of a company, had misappropriated the monies collected from clients amounting to at least $36,000 between April and October 2018. She had then remitted part of the proceeds to her overseas bank account. The woman will be charged in court on 10 July 2019 with criminal breach of trust as a servant and for transferring benefits from criminal conduct out of Singapore, punishable under Section 408 of the Penal Code and Section 47(6) of the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act respectively.

In the fourth case, on 18 December 2018, the Police were alerted to a report where a 27-year-old man, employed as an enforcement operation manager of a company, had misappropriate the monies collected from the clients amounting to at least $9,900 between June and November 2018. The man will be charged in court on 10 July 2019 with criminal breach of trust as a servant.

In the last case, on 28 December 2018, the Police were alerted to a case where a 42-year-old man, employed as an accountant of a company, had on several occasions issued forged signatures of the authorized cheques, forging of documents and falsification of accounts by creating fraudulent payment vouchers, amounting to at least $1,480,000 between August 2011 and December 2017. The man will be charged in court on 10 July 2019 with forgery of valuable security, forgery of documents, and falsification of accounts punishable under Section 467, Section 465 and Sec 477A of the Penal Code respectively.

Anyone convicted for criminal breach of trust as a servant shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 15 years and shall be liable to a fine. Anyone convicted for transferring benefits from criminal conduct out of Singapore shall be punished with a fine not exceeding $500,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or to both. Anyone convicted for forgery of valuable security shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 15 years, and shall also be liable to fine. Anyone convicted for forgery of documents shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to 4 years, or with fine, or with both. Anyone convicted for falsification of accounts shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to 10 years, or with fine, or with both.

Source: Singapore Police Force