SINGAPORE — A 26-year-old man was jailed 12 weeks and fined S$4,500 on Thursday (March 3) for motor insurance coverage fraud offences and breaching Covid-19 guidelines in the course of the 2020 circuit breaker interval.

Victor Wong Wai Lok, a Singaporean, pleaded responsible final month to dishonest in addition to assembly others outdoors of his family to drive round Singapore in a convoy.

He had pretended to be a driver concerned in an accident alongside Esplanade Drive. The precise driver, Darius Wong Yi Meng, didn’t have a sound licence on the time and requested for his assist in submitting a fraudulent insurance coverage declare.

The court docket heard that Darius Wong, 31, was driving his mom’s automotive on March 25, 2020 when he was rear-ended by one other automotive.

Darius Wong refused to present the opposite driver his private particulars however requested for the driving force’s cell phone quantity earlier than they left the scene.

Afterwards, Darius Wong allegedly contacted Victor Wong and requested for his assist to settle the damages to his mom’s automotive.

Victor Wong then drove down with their buddy, Hee Qing Xin, 25, to satisfy him at a bus bay within the neighborhood of the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Throughout this assembly, Darius Wong purportedly stated that the opposite driver didn’t need to settle the matter privately and needed to assert by way of the insurance coverage corporations. He additionally stated he had been disqualified from driving.

On Darius Wong’s request, Victor Wong agreed to place his title down on the insurance coverage claims. He then lodged a false accident assertion at a motor workshop, whereas additionally mendacity that Hee was his passenger on the time.

Victor Wong additionally took the automotive for repairs. The workshop issued a repairer’s estimate for S$54,000 to NTUC Revenue Insurance coverage to demand cost on a third-party property injury declare arising from the accident.

Suspecting that the declare was fraudulent, NTUC didn’t make cost.

Victor Wong and Hee additionally went to a medical clinic and reported accidents from the accident, together with ache within the neck. The pair then went to a regulation agency to signal a warrant to behave, authorising the agency to lodge insurance coverage claims for his or her fictitious private accidents.

The legal professionals despatched a letter of demand to NTUC, in search of to assert S$6,492 in damages and costs. NTUC equally didn’t make cost as a result of it suspected this declare, too, was fraudulent.

Darius Wong and Hee have additionally been charged over the fraud. Their circumstances are pending earlier than the courts.

Individually, about two months later, Victor Wong met 9 others at midnight on Might 16, 2020 to go for a joyride round Singapore. This was in the course of the circuit breaker interval when actions and actions had been restricted to curb the unfold of Covid-19.

He had acquired a name from a 36-year-old girl who requested him to satisfy her and others for a “evening cruise”. They met in Woodlands earlier than transferring off.

For dishonest, he might have been jailed for as much as three years or fined, or punished with each. Those that breach Covid-19 guidelines might be jailed for as much as six months or fined as much as S$10,000, or each.

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