Truck driver charged with helping fugitive flee Singapore after allegedly failing to deliver luxury goods

SINGAPORE — A lorry driver has been charged with helping a man flee Singapore after he allegedly failed to deliver luxury goods to customers.

Mohamed Alias, 40, was charged on Friday (July 22) with helping a Singaporean man leave the country by allowing him to hide in the container compartment of a Malaysian-registered truck with registration number JUH 7245.

Last Friday, the Malaysian driver was also accused of helping the man’s wife, a Thai woman, to leave Singapore in the same way.

The runaway couple, Singaporean Pi Jiapeng, 26, and Thai Pansuk Siriwipa, 27, are accused of deceiving victims who made advances on luxury watches and bags.

Arrest warrants and Interpol red notices have been issued for them, after at least 180 police reports implicating two companies, Tradenation and Tradeluxury, were made from June.

While some media reported that the total value of undelivered goods was S$32 million, CNA understands that scam victims who made police reports did not receive goods worth S$32 million. at least S$20 million on Sunday.

The truck driver reportedly drove the vehicle hiding the couple on July 4 at around 7:25 p.m. to the departure cargo section of Tuas Checkpoint.

The penalty for this offense is imprisonment for six months to two years and a fine of up to S$6,000.

Police previously said Pi was arrested on June 27 for alleged involvement in cheating offenses. His passport was confiscated and he was released on bail on June 28, pending the completion of investigations.

Pansuk Siriwipia was also assisting the police in their investigations and handed over his passport to officers on June 30. Both then became unreachable.

Police have appealed to the public for information on the missing couple.

According to Interpol, Pi was born in Fujian, China, while Pansuk is from Roi Et, a province in north-central Thailand. The agency added that Pansuk is 1.64m tall. CNA

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