Ten suspects, aged 19 to 29, have been arrested for alleged syndicated payment fraud involving carpooling service GrabHitch, according to a police statement yesterday. Three men, believed to be the masterminds, are due to be charged in court today with abetment by conspiracy to cheat. If convicted, they could be fined for each charge and jailed a maximum of 10 years.
The ten were nabbed during an islandwide operation by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on Monday. Another three men and a women, aged between 20 and 28, are aiding with police investigations. Phones, debit cards, and a thumb drive were also seized, said TODAY.
Between February and April this year, Grab detected at least 13 driver accounts with over 2,000 fraudulent transactions, all of which totalled more than S$41,800 in losses. On April 17, the ride-hailing platform lodged a police report after discovering irregularities in these GrabHitch accounts, the police revealed.
It was through follow-up investigations that the CAD officers identified the suspects, The Straits Times said.