Singapore man arrested for money laundering offences linked to S$10 million COVID-19 scam for surgical masks, hand sanitisers
06 Apr 2020

A 39-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in money laundering offences linked to a business email impersonation scam related to COVID-19.

The police said in a news release on Saturday (Apr 4) that they were alerted in mid-March to a case of an overseas pharmaceutical company being defrauded of €6.64 million – about S$10.2 million – for the purchase of surgical masks and hand sanitisers.

After the company transferred the funds to a local bank, the items were not delivered and the supplier became uncontactable.

Following investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department identified the man who had received the funds and arrested him on Mar 25 when he returned to Singapore.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had acquired the money, which were criminal proceeds, and removed part of the funds out of Singapore.

Through quick intervention and close collaboration with seven banks, the police said their Anti-Scam Centre managed to recover more than S$6.4 million of the amount scammed.

The banks involved were United Overseas Bank, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Standard Charted, Maybank, DBS, CIMB as well as HSBC.

Read more at Channel News Asia

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