04 Sep '11, 5am

Two men arrested over loanshark harassment, cheating: Police arrested an 18-year-old on Saturday for his suspect...

Police arrested an 18-year-old on Saturday for his suspected involvement in loanshark harassment. He is believed to have fled after splashing paint on the debtor's door at a block of flats in Hougang Street 22, but was spotted later at a bus-stop near by. He tried to flee on foot but officers caught up with him. Items like handphones with suspected debtors' records and cans of paint were found in his possession. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a debtor-turned-runner and had carried out loanshark harassment in the Hougang housing estate. First-time offenders found guilty of acting on behalf of an unlicensed moneylender can be jailed up to five years, fined up to $50,000 and caned. In a separate incident, a man was arrested on Friday after he used a false identity, address and mobile phone number to cheat someone of $20. On Aug 18, the suspect had told...

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