44-year-old woman arrested for loanshark harassment in Yishun

A 44-year-old woman was arrested on Jan 29 for loanshark harassment after a Yishun flat was found with its main gate locked with a bicycle lock.

A debtor's note had also been left behind.

The police said they were alerted to the case of loanshark harassment on Jan 14, at about 11.15pm.

Through follow-up investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Woodlands Police Division established the woman's identity and arrested her.

Two debtor's notes, one bicycle lock and a whiteboard marker were seized as case exhibits.

The woman will be charged in court on Jan 31 under the Moneylenders Act 2008.

First-time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment face a fine between $5,000 and $50,000, with up to five years in jail and up to six strokes of the cane.

The police said they have zero tolerance against loanshark harassment activities. They added: "Those who deliberately vandalise properties, cause annoyance or disrupt public safety, peace and security will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law."

Members of the public are advised to stay away from loansharks and not to work with or assist them in any way.

Those who suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities can call the police at '999' or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664.