SINGAPORE: A second man was charged on Saturday (July 30) with helping a suspect allegedly involved in the Tradenation luxury goods scam to flee Singapore.
Malaysian Mohamad Fazli Abdul Rahman, 38, faces a charge of conspiring with lorry driver Mohamed Alias to get Singaporean Pi Jiapeng to hide in the container compartment of a Malaysian-registered lorry.
Pi was arrested last month for alleged cheating offenses. Together with his wife, Thai national Siriwipa Pansuk, they fled the country on July 4, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) previously announced.
Alias, 40, was charged earlier this month with helping Pi and Pansuk leave Singapore illegally. The truck driver allegedly drove the vehicle hiding the couple on July 4 at around 7:25 p.m. to the departure cargo section of Tuas Checkpoint.
Singapore police said on Friday that Fazli was arrested in Malaysia “with the cooperation and assistance of the Royal Malaysian Police”.
If convicted, he could be jailed for between six months and two years and fined up to S$6,000.
luxury goods scam
Arrest warrants and Interpol red notices have been issued for Pi and Pansuk, after at least 180 police reports implicating two companies, Tradenation and Tradeluxury, have been made since June.
The plaintiffs said they made advance payments for luxury watches or bags, but they did not receive the goods.
While some media reported that the total value of the undelivered luxury watches and bags was S$32 million, CNA understands that the victims who made police reports did not receive goods worth of at least S$20 million as of July 17.