SINGAPORE: A second man was charged Saturday (30 July) with helping a man allegedly involved in the Tradenation luxury goods scam flee Singapore.
Malaysian Mohamad Fazli Abdul Rahman, 38, is facing charges of involvement in a conspiracy with truck driver Mohamed Alias to trick Pi Jiapeng into hiding in the container compartment of a Malaysian-registered truck to enter Singapore without showing his to leave passports.
Singaporean Pi Jiapeng and his wife, Thai national Siriwipa Pansuk, fled the country on July 4, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said earlier.
Truck driver Mohamed Alias, 40, was charged earlier this month with helping Pi and Pansuk escape Singapore.
The Singapore Police Force said on Friday that Mohamad Fazli was arrested in Malaysia “with the strong cooperation and support of the Royal Malaysia Police”.
If convicted, Mohamad Fazli could be jailed for between six months and two years and fined up to S$6,000.
LUXURY GOODS FRAUD
Interpol issued arrest warrants and Red Notices for Pi and Pansuk after at least 180 police reports were filed against two companies, Tradenation and Tradeluxury, since June.
The complainants said they made advance payments for luxury watches or bags but did not receive the products.
While some media reports said the total value of undelivered luxury watches and bags was S$32 million, CNA estimates victims who have made police reports will not receive at least S$20 million worth of goods by July 17 to have.
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