Man under probe for making false report about robbery

SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old man suspected of making a false report that he was robbed is under investigation, police said on Tuesday (July 4).

The man lodged a report on Sunday morning that he was robbed of $799 in cash by two unknown men, the police said.

"Officers from Tanglin Police Division conducted enquiries and detected many inconsistencies. It was eventually established that the man had provided false information to the police," the police said in a statement.

Investigations against the man are ongoing.

Anyone convicted of giving any information which he knows to be false to a public servant can be jailed for up to one year and/or fined up to $5,000.

The police have reminded the public that police resources could have been put to better use in dealing with real crimes and emergencies instead of being used to investigate false reports.

"Those who lodge false police reports or provide false information will face serious consequences under the law," the police said in its statement.