A 26-year-old Indian national who first came to Singapore to study in 2018 was sentenced to nine weeks in prison after pleading guilty to three counts dealing with criminal gains of more than S$26,000. Fraud in America.
In exchange for at least SGD100, Bhambri Kunal withdrew cash from his Singapore bank account. This amount was later traced to his three fraud victims in the United States.
Bamburi was sentenced Wednesday, The Straits Times report.
Deputy Prosecutor Seah Ee Wei said that between February and March 2021, Singapore’s Department of Commerce received information about fraudulent money transfers involving three victims in the United States.
The first victim, Kay Kovalesky, filed a report with her country’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on February 10, 2021. A man named Rahul Kumar.
Thirteen days later, a second victim, Kimberly Lynn Mall, told the Santa Maria Police Department in California that she had been tricked into transferring US$32,620 to her bank account in Singapore.
A third victim, Thomas Sabatino, filed a report with the Singapore Police on March 19, 2021, alleging he was tricked into transferring US$46,000 to a Singapore bank account linked to one Lakhwinder Singh. said.
DPP said: Mall transferred money induced by misrepresentation.
“Sabatino relinquished control of the computer after being lured into a false statement that he had to return the extra refund sent for the technical support contract. , made fraudulent wire transfers.” Court documents do not reveal how they discovered they were victims of the ruse.
Bhambri, meanwhile, had ties with three Indian citizens identified as Rahul, Simar and Nayak Isha, defense attorney SS Dhillon said.
The lawyer added that in early 2021, Rahul and Simar asked Bhambri to help them withdraw money from their local bank accounts using their cash machine cards. Bamburi agreed to help them.
Between 9 February and 3 March 2021, he withdrew more than SGD26,000 from bank accounts that did not belong to him.
He then gave the cash to Rahul, Simar and Nayak Isha. Court documents do not reveal their whereabouts.
This money was later found to be part of the ill-gotten gains from American scam victims.
The DPP said in court: He admitted that he knew it was wrong and illegal to withdraw money from other people’s bank accounts, but he continued to do so. On Wednesday, Dhillon said his client was summoned for an investigation on his April 27, 2021, date.
“(Mr Bamburi) met the wrong person and fell prey to scammers who took advantage of his calm and humble nature.” The Straits Times Quoting the attorney’s statement.
Dillon also said his client regretted his actions and was not the mastermind behind the crime.