Malaysians plead guilty to using fake credit cards in Brunei

Malaysians plead guilty to using fake credit cards in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Two Malaysian nationals pleaded guilty yesterday to the joint charges of using and possession of multiple counterfeit credit cards.

The court document states that defendants Ching Fatt Chuen, 25, and Muhammad Syafiq Effindi, 23, were arrested at the Brunei International Airport on January 14 when police tracked the men down following initial investigation into a fraud alert triggered at the Baiduri Bank earlier that day.

During the arrest, the police conducted a body search on both men and found nine counterfeit credit cards on Muhammad Syafiq.

During the investigation, both men admitted to being involved in a scheme of coming to Brunei to purchase goods using counterfeit credit cards. The goods were for a man named "Ah Chong" to be sold off and they would be given commission from the sales.

The defendants further said they were recruited by Ah Chong to join the scheme.

During their short visit to Brunei, the defendants used one of the counterfeit cards at an electronic store in The Mall Gadong to purchase an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus worth $2,200 (S$2,976).

Once the transaction was completed, the defendants then took a taxi to the capital to find other shops to victimise.

The defendants attempted to make several purchases while in the Bandar Seri Begawan area but were unsuccessful.

From the numerous unsuccessful attempts to use the fake cards, it caused a fraud alert to be triggered at Baiduri Bank and the fraudulent transactions were then reported to the police.

The police conducted the initial investigations while the defendants headed to the Brunei International Airport for their flight back to Malaysia.

As the defendants were waiting for their flight, the police arrested both men at the airport.

Ching and Syafiq are facing up to seven years in jail and a fine for the cheating charge.

Meanwhile, for the five counts of possession of counterfeit cards, the duo is facing up to 15 years in jail and also liable to a fine.

During the proceedings yesterday, the presiding Intermediate Court judge Pg Hjh Hanani Pg Hj Metusain ordered the defendants to be further remanded pending sentencing. A further mention of the case is scheduled to be heard on February 12.

In a separate case, the Intermediate Court yesterday granted time for a Malaysian man to consider his pleas on the charges of using and possession of multiple counterfeit credit cards.

The 22-year-old defendant, Wong Ching Wei, was charged with using a fake credit card to purchase an iPhone 6 on January 13 and four counts of fake credit card possession.

During the proceedings yesterday, the defence counsel Yew sought more time to seek instructions from his client on the charges.

The presiding Intermediate Court judge Hj Abdullah Soefri POKSM DSP Hj Abidin allowed the application and scheduled for a further mention of the case to be heard on February 18.

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