A Singaporean woman was jailed for 12-months yesterday (5 Dec) for receiving money on her bank account despite having reasons to believe that the money had been obtained from another person’s criminal conduct.
Sometime around Dec 2012, 55 year-old Lye Kim Fah had met someone by the name of “Allen Bruce” online. Bruce introduced himself as a 50 year-old divorcee who is was a jeweller based in London.
He later asked her to receive money on his behalf and she agreed even though she had only known him for a few days.
Despite telling her that she would receive £40,000, she eventually found US$96,500 transferred to her POSB account.
She later told him that she had received S$110,000 and remitted S$100,000 to a Hong Leong account in Malaysia at his request.
However, the monies that she received was obtained by fraudulent means.
On 11 Dec 2012, an email from Hong Kong businessman Alexandre Robert Dudley Marie De Lesseps asked the VP Bank in Singapore to transfer US$96,500 to Lye’s POSB account.
However, the email was not sent by Mr. De Lesseps himself. He later made a police report on 3 Jan 2013 to say that he had never sent that email and there was an unauthorised transfer of funds.
In court, DPP Kenneth Chin said that a reasonable person would have found that the arrangement made no sense and would not have trusted a person whose identity was unknown to her.
For the offense under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act, Lye could have been jailed up to 5 years and/or fined $50,000.