Lithuanian man jailed 3 years for carrying out $19k credit card scam in Singapore

SINGAPORE - A man replied to a job advert in his native Lithuania offering free flights, meals and accommodation, all in return for scamming businesses in Singapore.

Simovicius Robertas managed to fraudulently obtain jewellery, mobile phones, perfume and other items worth more than $19,000 - but he didn't manage to dodge the authorities here.

On Wednesday (May 24) the 24-year-old was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to seven charges of cheating. Another 13 related charges were taken into consideration.

The court heard that Robertas responded to the online job advertisement in May last year and was tasked with collecting goods ordered online using fraudulent credit card details under his name.

He would also be paid 10 per cent commission based on the amount of goods collected.

On September 7 of last year, Robertas flew to Singapore with an accomplice, fellow Lithuanian Vejalis Edvinas, 30.

They stayed at a rented service apartment at Purvis Street called The Post and for the following week, Robertas committed offences using credit cards that had been fraudulently obtained from countries including Japan, Brazil and the United States.

He bought goods including a $2,000 rose gold ring, 25 bottles of perfume worth more than $3,200 and Samsung Note 8 mobile phones.

Stores including ORRO Private Collection, Guardian Health and Beauty, Jones The Grocer, Pet Lovers Centre and Harvey Norman were affected.

He was arrested on September 15 when a manager of Aranium, a distributor of ORRO Private Collection jewellery flagged some fraudulent online transactions to the police.

His rented service apartment was raided the same day and some of the goods he bought were seized.

The total amount of losses arising from his 20 counts of cheating was more than $19,000 but only around $2,175 worth of them could be recovered.

He has not made any restitution to the merchants.

His accomplice Edvinas was arrested at Changi Airport on September 17. It is not known if he has been dealt with.

For every count of cheating, Edvinas could have faced up to ten years' in jail and a fine.