A 29-year-old Chinese national, Wang Xin, faced 5 charges that included two counts each of cheating and dealing with the benefits of criminal conduct, she was also charged with providing false information to a Singapore police officer, according to The Straits Times.
She is allegedly linked to a China officials impersonation scam and cheated 2 victims of at least $40,000 by posing as an “Interpol special agent”.
She had allegedly pretended to be the “special agent” on 23 April 2021 to cheat a victim of $40,000, as well as scamming another victim into handing over their iBanking token and mobile phone using the same method, from between 28 April to 3 May 2021.
Wang allegedly transferred her illegal gains which amounted to about $315,000 to a bank account from 26 April to 3 May 2021, with the money believed to be another person’s benefits from cheating.
She is also being charged with allegedly giving false information to a police officer at the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force on 29 March 2021.
The Singapore Police Force said in a statement yesterday evening that their officers received a report on 25 March 2021 from an alleged victim, who was cheated into transferring $10,000 to a scammer’s bank account.
The alleged victim had done so to avoid being sent back to China to assist in investigations into alleged money laundering.
Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) then followed up on the investigations and managed to establish the identity of the holder of the bank account, nabbing her.
Wang is set to return to court on 18 April for her pre-trial conference and if found guilty of each charge of cheating, she faces a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.
For each charge of dealing with the benefits of criminal conduct, she faces a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $500,000.
If found guilty of providing false information to a public servant, she faces a jail term of up to 6 months and a fine of up to $5,000.