25 Nov '11, 8am

Facebook post helps police track down loanshark suspects

Facebook post helps police track down loanshark suspects

SINGAPORE: Police have arrested two loanshark suspects based on a lead that came from a photo that was posted on the police Facebook page in July 2009. A netizen called the 999 number on November 11 after seeing the photo, saying he could identify the suspect. That led to the suspect's arrest and the arrest of another 19 year old for alleged involvement in loanshark harassment activities in Bukit Merah. Police said the case is a breakthrough for them as it is their first Facebook arrest since they started using the social media tool in 2009 to appeal for information. First time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment may be fined not less than S$50,000 and not more than S$500,000 with mandatory imprisonment of up to five years and mandatory caning of up to 12 strokes.

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