Two people charged with cheating

Malani Naidu Prabhakar Naidu and Prakash Mathivanan are now remanded at Central Police Division.
Malani Naidu Prabhakar Naidu and Prakash Mathivanan are now remanded at Central Police Division. ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - Two people were charged in court on Wednesday (May 31) with one count each of engaging in a conspiracy to commit cheating.

Malani Naidu Prabhakar Naidu, 30 and Prakash Mathivanan, 33, allegedly deceived Mr Shaik Ershad Ahmed from Firdouse Electronics in Sim Lim Square on May 2.

The pair are accused of duping Mr Shaik into believing that the account holder of a certain credit card had placed orders for goods on e-commerce platform Qoo10.

As a result, he allegedly delivered to them a monitor, an air fryer, three printers, five keyboards and 10 Karcher cleaners worth $2,968.80 in all.

They were not offered bail on Wednesday (May 31) as they had previously jumped bail after allegedly committing other offences.

It was not mentioned in court what these were.

According to a police news release, they are believed to be involved in more than 90 cheating cases amounting to about $45,000 since this February.

 

Police said: "Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are believed to have used stolen credit cards to make unauthorised purchases online and from retail outlets.

"On May 16, (officers) received a report that credit card details which were believed to have been stolen were used to make online purchases."

Officers from Central Police Division and the Commercial Affairs Department arrested the pair along Scotts Road on Tuesday.

Malani and Prakash, who are unrepresented, are now remanded at Central Police Division.

They will be back in court on June 7.

In convicted of cheating, they can each be jailed up to 10 years and fined.