| Fadley Faisal |
TWO Malaysians who are currently placed in remand at the Jerudong Prison will be sentenced on February 12.
The duo, Ching Fatt Chuen, 25, and Muhammad Syafiq bin Effindi, 23, pleaded guilty to six charges of cheating in making purchases using forged credit cards.
Judge Pg Hajah Hanani Pg Hj Metussain heard from DPP Muhammad Abdul Raafe’ Haji Ibrahim that Ching was working as an assistant cook and Muhammad Syafiq was self-employed.
Sometime before January 14 in Malaysia, the defendants met with a man named Ah Chong who recruited them to the counterfeit credit card scamming scheme.
Ah Chong gave the defendants their tickets and they arrived in Brunei on January 14 with nine counterfeit credit cards, all in the name of Ching Fatt Chuen.
Following their arrival, the defendants took a taxi to The Mall, Gadong and in the afternoon went to AV Audio & Video.
There, they cheated a sales assistant by purchasing an Apple iPhone 6 worth $1,040 and an Apple iPhone 6 Plus worth $1,160 using one of the counterfeit credit cards.
Once this transaction was completed the defendants took a taxi to the capital and continued to walk around to find other shops to defraud them.
The defendants attempted to make a number of purchases in the area but were unsuccessful.
These unsuccessful attempts caused a fraud alert to be triggered at Baiduri Bank, which reported the fraudulent transactions to the police.
The police then proceeded to conduct investigation into the matter.
While initial investigations were being conducted, the defendants headed to the Brunei International Airport to fly back to Malaysia.
While waiting for their flight, the police managed to track the whereabouts of the defendants and arrested them at about 9.09pm the same day.
The police found the defendants in possession of nine counterfeit credit cards.
As part of the investigations by the Commercial Crime Unit under the Crime Investigation Department, the defendants’ statements were taken and both of them admitted to being recruited by a Malaysian man named Ah Chong to fly to Brunei to purchase goods using counterfeit credit cards.
The goods would be given to Ah Chong to be sold off and they would be given a commission from the sales.