33-year-old man under police investigation for lodging false report of robbery

SINGAPORE - A 33-year-old man is being investigated by the police for lodging a false report alleging he had been a victim of robbery.

Police said in a news release on Wednesday (July 27) morning that the man had lodged the report at Serangoon Neighbourhood Police Centre at 11.47pm on Monday.

He claimed that he had been assaulted by two unknown men, who also took his wallet containing $400 in cash at Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2.

During the course of investigations by officers from Ang Mo Kio Division, numerous inconsistencies emerged.

It was later established that the man had provided false information to the police, and that he had not been a victim of robbery.

"The police would like to remind the public that police resources could have been put to better use in dealing with real crimes and emergencies than investigating into false reports or false information," the release said.

"Those who lodge false police reports or provide false information will face serious consequences under the law."

Anyone convicted of giving information known to be false to a public servant can be jailed for up to a year and/or fined a maximum of $5,000.