Home Briefs: Moneylender fined for giving false information

Moneylender fined for giving false information

A licensed moneylender was convicted last Friday for providing the Registry of Moneylenders with false information about two borrowers' incomes.

Tan Boon Nge, 61, was given a $28,000 fine. He will be jailed for 56 days if he cannot pay up.

Tan is the sole proprietor of AS Shalihin Enterprise, which has held a moneylending licence since 2008.

In a statement yesterday, the Registry of Moneylenders, a department of the Ministry of Law, said that 41 other licensed moneylenders or their officers have been convicted and fined for offences under the Moneylenders Act since 2011.

3 new cases of Zika have no link to active clusters

Three new cases of Zika were reported yesterday, none of which was linked to any existing cluster.

This brings the total number of locally transmitted cases to 383.

The weekend saw 12 new Zika cases reported, and a possible new cluster in Hougang Avenue 7, bringing the number of active local clusters to nine.

There were no cases reported on Monday.

1,145 cases of online sales scams this year

The first half of this year saw a marked rise in online scams, the Singapore Police Force said yesterday.

Such scams usually involve tricking victims into paying for items such as mobile phones and admission tickets to local attractions and concerts.

Police said a total of 1,145 cases of cheating involving e-commerce were reported from January to June this year - an increase of 13.4 per cent compared with the same period last year.

About seven out of 10 reports were made by victims who had used online community marketplaces like Carousell, Gumtree and Facebook for online transactions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe