Charged with registering false info for SIM cards

Tan Kong Chieh was charged with 660 counts of an offence under the Computer Misuse and Cyber- security Act.
Tan Kong Chieh was charged with 660 counts of an offence under the Computer Misuse and Cyber- security Act.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A 42-YEAR-OLD man who allegedly modified the contents of a computer system used for registering prepaid SIM cards without authorisation was charged in court yesterday.

Tan Kong Chieh was charged with 660 counts of the offence under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.

He stands accused of registering false ownership information for SIM cards belonging to local telecoms companies Singtel, StarHub and M1.

The alleged acts took place between July 2010 and August 2012.

Investigations against him by the Commercial Affairs Department were concluded recently.

He requested four weeks' adjournment in order to hire a lawyer, but was granted about two weeks to do so.

Tan was seen smiling as he left the State Courts building yesterday.

He is currently out on $30,000 bail, which has been extended.

Police said in a statement that they will not hesitate to take action against those involved in such acts, and will ensure that they face the full brunt of the law.

His case will be mentioned again on July 14.

If convicted, he could be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to three years, or both, for each count of the offence.

REI KUROHI

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2015, with the headline 'Charged with registering false info for SIM cards'. Print Edition | Subscribe