OCBC phishing scam: Man undergoes reform training for money laundering, first to be dealt with in court


He was promised a salary of S$3,000 per month, with an additional S$600-800 for each bank account provided.

In April, he pleaded guilty to five counts, including two counts of helping another retain the benefits of criminal conduct and one count of being a member of a locally linked organized crime group.

Besides his involvement in the scams, Leong also pleaded guilty to two counts of rioting. Ten other charges were considered for sentencing.

The reformed training and probation fitness reports were called at the previous hearing.

MANY AREAS OF LIFE THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT: JUDGING

On Tuesday, Assistant Attorney General Jason Chua informed the court that Leong had been deemed unfit for probation and fit for reform training.

He asked the court to order reformatory training for Leong, given the seriousness of his offenses.

Defense attorney Audrey Koo called for reformation training of a lower intensity and shorter duration of six months.

She argued that Leong had shown a desire for change and had grown closer to family and friends outside of his criminal organization.

Ms Koo said that since February when her client was arrested, he has spent most of his time at home doing household chores, cooking for his family and caring for his younger brother.

She argued that a longer period of reformation training could lead to a breakdown in his relationship with his family, when it was important for him to develop closer ties with them.

In response, Mr. Chua said the fear that Leong and his family would break up during the reform training was speculative and not supported by evidence.

The prosecutor said Leong had multiple areas of risk that required intervention, including “continued association with antisocial peers and his indulgence in unconstructive activities.”

Reform training at a higher intensity would offer psychology-based programs, vocational training or extended study and extended family programs in Leong during the year, he added.

“You’ve committed a number of serious offenses – rioting, organized crime. And you’re still young,” District Judge Kessler Soh said as he handed down the sentence.

“Because you are young, the court considered rehabilitation to be the primary sentencing consideration.”

“Despite what your attorney said, there are many areas of your life that need improvement – your attitude, your peers,” the judge added.

He also ordered Leong to speak to a legal adviser after his sentencing.

The offense of facilitating the control of profits from criminal behavior is punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of up to S$500,000 or both.

Those found guilty of belonging to a local organized criminal group can be imprisoned for up to five years, fined up to S$100,000 or both. The penalty for rioting is up to seven years in prison and caning.

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