The Police have arrested a 26-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of loanshark harassment.
2 On 12 January 2024 at 7.05am, the Police were alerted to a case of loanshark harassment at a residential unit along Tampines Street 71, where the unit’s gate was sprayed with red paint. The walls at the staircase near the unit were also scribbled with loanshark-related graffiti.
3 Through follow-up investigations and with the aid of images from Police cameras, officers from Bedok and Woodlands Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on 20 January 2024. A mobile phone was seized as case exhibit.
4 The man will be charged in court on 22 January 2024 under the Moneylenders Act 2008. For first-time offenders, the offence of loanshark harassment carries a fine between $5,000 and $50,000, with imprisonment of up to five years, and caning of up to six strokes.
5 The Police have zero tolerance against loanshark harassment activities. Those who deliberately vandalise properties, cause annoyance or disruption public safety, peace and security, will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law.
6 Members of the public are advised to stay away from loansharks and not to work with or assist them 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.