SINGAPORE – A single mother has become the thirteenth person to be handed a jail sentence for her role in a ruse that saw forged documents submitted to Citibank to secure loans.
Kiran Kaur, 29, was on Monday (Aug 29) sentenced to six months’ jail for cheating.
The court heard that between September and October 2018, the consumer division of Citigroup received and approved about 20 loan applications that were later found to contain forged income documents.
Each loan involved between $12,000 and $24,000.
Kaur was jobless and facing financial difficulties when she responded to an advertisement in September 2018 for a “fast cash” job on online marketplace Carousell, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Dhiraj G. Chainani.
Through the ad, she contacted a man known only as “Charles” via messaging platform WhatsApp.
Charles, whose identity was not mentioned in court papers, told her he could help her obtain a loan from Citibank.
The DPP said: “The accused told Charles that she was not working at that time and did not have any Central Provident Fund contributions in order to apply for a bank loan.
“Charles told the accused not to worry and that the accused did not need to satisfy the requisite income level to qualify for a bank loan.”
He got Kaur to divulge her Singpass login details and told her to meet an unidentified man outside a Citibank branch at MacDonald House in Orchard Road to collect a set of documents for the loan application.
She did as she was told and received documents that falsely stated she was working for another bank and earning $6,700 a month for July and August that year.
The court heard that Charles then told her to look for Citibank contract staff Kirk Chua Min Xuan, 29, at the branch.
Her loan application was submitted on Sept 10 and later approved.
In total, Kaur received $13,490 in cash, but she claimed she kept $4,000 and gave the rest to the man who gave her the forged documents.