Man who allegedly pasted debtor's note at Boon Lay unit arrested for loanshark harassment

A 35-year-old man was arrested on March 4 for his suspected involvement in a case of loanshark harassment.

The police said they were alerted to the case on March 3, in which a debtor's note had been left behind at a residential unit along Boon Lay Place.

Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the man's identity and arrested him.

A roll of masking tape, some papers and one red marker pen were seized as case exhibits after they were found in the man's home.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to be involved in other similar cases of loanshark harassment islandwide.

He will be charged in court on March 5 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.