Debt collectors mocked Funan stallholder

Debt collectors mocked Funan stallholder

Even after he went to the State Courts to file a complaint, the debt collectors who went after him were not afraid.

"They told me to go ahead and said that they were not afraid," said Mr Sherman Chang, 53, the owner of a Chinese soup stall at a foodcourt in Funan DigitaLife Mall at North Bridge Road.

"They just laughed and mocked me, and said that nothing will happen to them."

The debt collectors from Double Ace Associates had gone to Mr Chang's stall at lunchtime on Jan 15 and allegedly damaged items, including the cash register, in their attempt to collect a $21,000 debt he owed a supplier.

They also chased customers away and put up a banner that read "Attention. Debt Collection in Process".

But in a two-day islandwide operation which ended yesterday, seven suspects, including Double Ace Associates owner Frankie Tan, were arrested for unlawful assembly.

They were taken to Mr Chang's stall in restraints. There, they were questioned by police investigators.

The seven men, aged between 35 and 48, were led from the lift to the stall on the fifth storey one at a time.

Their expressions ranged from stoic to cocky.

While most were cooperative, some refused to answer questions, telling the officers that they had forgotten what had happened.

Mr Tan was the last to be led to the stall. He had previously claimed that the mess at the stall was not the work of his employees.

A police spokesman said yesterday: "On Jan 15 at about 1.20 pm, police were informed that a group of debt collectors were causing nuisance and creating a scene at Food Junction located at Funan DigitaLife Mall.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that the debt collectors were demanding loan repayment from one of the stall owners, during which it is believed that they had prevented customers from patronising the said food stall.

"Through an extensive investigative probe, the identities of all seven suspects were established and they were eventually arrested between 10am on Feb 12 and 3.30pm on Feb 13 at various locations islandwide."

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