Man to appear in court for using others' data to register for 660 pre-paid SIM cards

SINGAPORE - A 42-year-old man is expected to appear in court on Friday afternoon for using the personal data of other people, without their knowledge, to register for pre-paid SIM cards.

He is expected to face 660 counts of unauthorised modification of computer material, the police said in a statement on Thursday.

It said the affected pre-paid SIM cards belonged to three local telecommunications companies, from 2010 to 2012.

The Commercial Affairs Department investigated the man.

If convicted under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, the man faces a fine of up to $10,000 or up to three years' jail, or both, for each count of the offence.

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

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