Imprisonment for S’porean man who tricked loan shark into taking money to harass houses but didn’t – Mothership.SG
Hired by a loan shark to commit several acts of harassment, a Singaporean man instead pretended to complete the tasks before receiving his salary.
For his efforts – or his absence – Muhammad Khairul Ismail was sentenced to 11 days in prison and fined S $ 1,000 on Wednesday Jan.6, according to CNA.
The 34-year-old had pleaded guilty to one charge of cheating and one charge of gambling via a mobile app.
Two other charges of cheating with the unlicensed money lender were considered.
The job offer of a loan shark
According to court documents consulted by Mothership, Khairul came across a job offer from a loan shark known as Lucas who was looking for people to harass his debtors.
Intending to make some quick cash, Khairul then contacted Lucas with full knowledge that he was an unlicensed pawnshop.
They eventually agreed that Khairul would lock the doors of the loan shark’s debtors, stick notes on their doors, and record the deed to be sent to Lucas as proof of the deed’s completion.
In return, Lucas promised to pay Khairul between S $ 100 and S $ 120 for each harassment performed.
Fool the usurer
On December 10, 2019, Lucas asked Khairul to close a debtor’s house and provided the offender with the debtor’s address.
On the same day, Khairul went to the house although he did not complete the harassment as previously agreed.
Instead, after locking the debtor’s door with two bicycle locks, putting a note on one of the locks, and filming the deed, Khairul removed the aforementioned items.
However, he sent the video of the act to Lucas anyway, fooling the loan shark into believing the harassment was over.
None wiser, Lucas then transferred S $ 120 to Khairul.
Court documents also revealed that Khairul had engaged in remote gambling on the 918KISS mobile app.
A unique case
In her skeletal observations for Khairul’s conviction, Assistant District Attorney Krystle Chiang said the offender cheated on the S $ 340 loan shark on three occasions.
While she admitted that Lucas was “not a typical innocent member of the public,” Khairul still made unwarranted gain through his deception.
He also made contact with the loan shark with the aim of making quick money and had no business meddling with the properties of innocent third parties, Chiang wrote.
The prosecutor demanded that Khairul be sentenced to at least two weeks in prison and fined at least S $ 1,000.
According to CNA, in sentencing Khiarul, the judge noted the unique nature of the case, as Lucas was not supposed to have offered Khairul money in the first place.
The offender expressed remorse for his actions in court, vowing not to repeat them.
For cheating, Khairul could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined.
Khairul has appealed and is on bail.
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