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S’POREAN HIDE IN M’SIA FOR OVER 6 YEARS TO EVADE CRIMES IN MOTOR INSURANCE FRAUD

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Tang Jui Peng, the 45-year-old co-mastermind behind a series of offences relating to insurance fraud has been convicted. His insurance fraud scheme involved the staging of fake accidents to get payouts from insurance companies between 2011 and 2013.

His series of crimes only stop after he realised that the Singapore Police Force was on to him, On 2 January 2013, Tang went into hiding and fled to Malaysia.

Arrested 6 years later

On 10 September 2019, the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) assisted the Singapore Police Force and extradited the man back to Singapore.

Investigations revealed that Tang’s role includes the following

  • Staging of accidents,
  • Instructing stunt drivers on how to stage the accidents,
  • Recruiting owners to allow their vehicles to be used in the staging of accidents
  • Recruiting phantom drivers or passengers for the purpose of submitting fraudulent motor insurance claims for property damages and injuries.

53 Charges against him

After remaining elusive for over 6 years, Tang was finally charged in court on the 12 September 2019 for 53 charges.

For 14 staged accidents the claimed involved is S$336,276.35 but only S$95,217 was successfully paid out.

On 12 February 2020, Tang received his sentence to 51 months jail.

According to the Police, the following are the breakdown of his charges:

  • 42 counts of engaging in a conspiracy to cheat;
  • 6 counts of giving false information to the public servant; and
  • 5 counts of driving a motor vehicle on a road in a manner which is dangerous to the public.

There are other members in his syndicate

Principal Runner, Ong Kok Hua

62-year-old Ong Kok Hua was convicted on 26 September 2019 and jailed for 50 months.

41 charges related to 16 staged accidents from 2010 to 2013 the claimed involved is S$481,696 but only S$162,583 was successfully paid out.

Ong was recruited by Tan into the insurance fraud syndicate in 2010.

Investigations revealed that Ong’s role includes the following

  • Ong used his name to be reported as drivers of motor vehicles involved in accidents
  • Recruited other persons to participate in the scams, as ‘phantom’ drivers or passengers
  • Obtained vehicles to be used in staged accidents. 

According to the Police, the following are the breakdown of his charges:

  • 38 counts of engaging in a conspiracy to cheat;
  • 2 counts of abetment to the giving false information to a public servant; and
  • 1 count of abetment in the fabricating of false evidence in a judicial proceeding.

Recruiter, Eswaran S/O Rajasevran

Eswaran S/O Rajasevran, the 38-year-old recruiter for the syndicate was convicted and sentenced to a total of 7 years jail along with 3 strokes of the rotan.

14 charges related to 5 staged accidents from 2011 to 2012 the claimed involved is S$160,039 but only S$24,067 was successfully paid out. He also faces one charge that falls under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Investigations revealed that Eswaran’s role includes the following

  • Assisted the syndicate to source and also recruited other persons to source for vehicles claims.

According to the Police, the following are the breakdown of his charges:

  • 1 count of failing to provide urine specimen;
  • 13 counts of engaging in a conspiracy to cheat; and
  • 1 count of abetment to the giving false information to public servant.