SINGAPORE – He was approached by a man in 2019 and asked to create forged NRICs for $2,000 per copy.
Huang Jianwen, now 33, accepted the offer from Khor Choon Kiat, 25, and made multiple fake copies of the identity cards.
Khor was part of of a group of scammers linked to a conspiracy that tried but failed to dupe a company called Ethoz Capital into providing a loan of more than $1 million.
Huang, who was not part of the group, was on Tuesday (Nov 16) sentenced to three years’ jail after he pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery.
Khor and his then girlfriend, Foo Wei Lee, 48, who was also part of the scam, were dealt with in court earlier.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Pei Wei said the two Singaporean men got to know each other in 2017.
Around July 2019, Khor and his accomplices were involved in a ruse to cheat Ethoz Capital. The plan was to impersonate the owners of a condominium unit and submit a fraudulent application to the firm to secure a loan without the owners’ knowledge.
The property owners, a married couple, were not part of the scam.
DPP Tan said: “To execute the scheme, forged identification documents were required. Khor asked the accused to make physical NRICs bearing the names of (the couple) and their NRIC numbers. Khor offered to pay him $2,000 for each NRIC and the accused agreed.”
Huang, who was given $500 to buy materials to make the fake NRICs, then created fake copies of the couple’s NRICs.
Some time between July and October 2019, Khor asked…