Malaysian jailed for moving $216k worth of ill-gotten gains across causeway
A 38-year-old Malaysian woman by the name of Fong Bee Yeok was sentenced to 14 months’ jail on Monday, 18 December 2017 after admitting to two counts each of receiving money which were benefits of criminal conduct and removing the cash from Singapore.
Fong also pleaded guilty to one count of moving more than $20,000 worth of cash out of Singapore, without providing a full and accurate report to an authorised officer. Ten other charges for similar offences were also taken into account during sentencing.
Fong had gotten to know a man addressed by the name “Brother”, who was looking for someone to collect cash from Singapore in exchange for a commission.
Said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Nicholas Lim, Fong had never met Brother in person and remained unaware of the purpose of the cash to be transferred. However, she proceeded with agreeing to carry out the task.
From 10 September 2017 to 25 September 2017, Brother had instructed Fong to meet a lady by the name of Ms Ong Loke Boey to collect large amounts of cash. One of the occasions involve Fong meeting Ms Ong at a bus stop near Bugis MRT station and Ms Ong passed Fong $48,000 in cash. Fong took the money across the Causeway later that day. The same procedure was repeated two days later.
A real estate agent had lodged a police report about an online persona, known by the name Kevin Lee, having cheated the victim into transferring a total of $288,130 into five different bank accounts.
For acquiring money obtained through criminal behaviour, Fong could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined up to $500,000 per charge.
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