| Fadley Faisal |
TWO Malaysian men have been placed in remand for further inves-tigations into their case by the Bandar Magistrate’s Court as they face a charge of credit card fraud.
The case will be mentioned again on January 24.
Ching Fatt Chuen, 25, and Mu-hammad Syafiq Effindi, 23, allegedly cheated a sales assistant at the AV Audio and Video store at The Mall in Gadong around 2.23pm on January 14 by using a fake credit card to purchase an Apple iPhone 6 worth $1,040 and an Apple iPhone 6 Plus worth $1,160.
DPP Raafe’ Hj Ibrahim informed Magistrate Hjh Ervy Sufitriana Hj Abdul Rahman that allegations against the defendants are that they entered Brunei just two days ago and purchased the phones at about 2pm.
They then made a few other pur-chases using fake credit cards which triggered an alert at the bank of fraudulent activities and the police were immediately informed.
The defendants, who were subse-quently arrested, were found with six credit cards in their possession.
In a similar but unrelated case, another Malaysian was ordered by the Bandar Magistrate’s Court to assist in investigations into an allegation against him of credit card fraud.
Wong Ching Wei, 22, allegedly used a fake credit card to purchase an Apple iPhone 6 worth $1,408 at QQ eStore at the Centrepoint in Gadong on January 13.
He was also alleged to be in pos-session of a forged credit card and to cheat using the card.
DPP Raafe’ Hj Ibrahim informed Magistrate Hjh Ervy Sufitriana Hj Abdul Rahman that allegations against the defendant were that he arrived in Brunei on the morning of January 13, then went to the Gadong commercial area and visited a watch shop in an at-tempt to purchase luxury watches on four transactions using three fake credit cards – all of which were unsuccessful and triggered an alert at the bank.
However, the defendant did manage to use a fake credit card to purchase an iPhone 6.