15-year-old teen arrested for alleged loanshark harassment

SINGAPORE - A 15-year-old boy has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of loanshark harassment cases.

Police said a case was reported on April 3, in which the front door of an HDB unit at Woodlands Street 82 was set on fire.

Through ground enquiries and police camera images, officers from Jurong Police Division arrested the suspect at Block 351 Tampines Street 33 on Monday at about 4.30pm. He is believed to be involved in other similar cases, said police in a statement on Tuesday.

Under the Moneylenders Act 2010 (Revised Edition), first-time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment could be jailed for up to five years, fined a minimum of $5,000 and up to $50,000, and caned between three and six strokes.