The Police have arrested a male teenager and a female teenager, both aged 17, for their suspected involvement in loanshark harassment activities.
On 22 October 2022, the Police were alerted to a case of loanshark harassment along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, where a residential unit was splashed with red paint and a debtor’s note was left behind.
Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from Police cameras, officers from Jurong Police Division established the identity of the duo and arrested them on 23 October 2022. Preliminary investigations revealed that the duo are believed to be involved in another similar case. Police investigations against the female teenager are ongoing.
The male teenager will be charged in court on 25 October 2022 under the Moneylenders Act 2008. For first time offenders, the offence of loanshark harassment carries a fine between $5,000 and $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 and disruptions to 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. 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 October 2022 @ 2:30 PM