8 to be charged for fraudulent registration of prepaid SIM cards

SINGAPORE - Four men and four women between the ages of 34 and 43 years were found to have carried out unauthorised modification of prepaid SIM cards belonging to three telecommunication companies.

These eight suspects will be charged in court today (July 16). If found guilty, they will be imprisoned up to three years and/or fined up to $10,000 for each charge.

Police completed a two-year long investigation against errant mobile shop dealers who were believed to hold fraudently registered prepaid SIM cards in bulk for monetary gains.

Investigations revealed that a large proportion of these cards were used by unlicensed moneylenders to facilitate their illicit activities.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Tan Chye Hee said: "Police take a serious view of errant retailers who engage in such illegal acts as prepaid SIM cards could potentially be exploited by criminals to mask their illicit activities. Police will not hesitate to take action against those who fraudulently register pre-paid SIM cards for monetary gains. They will face the full brunt of the law."

debwong@sph.com.sg

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