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Singaporean Man Sent To Jail For Credit Card Fraud

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Wellington, Oct 10 NZPA - A Singaporean man has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to credit card fraud.

Kim Kwek, 44, appeared in Wellington District Court today for sentencing on six charges of using forged documents.

In his summing up, Judge Bruce Davidson said Kwek's permit to New Zealand had expired and, depending on the sentence given, he would be removed from the country.

The Crown said Kwek arrived in New Zealand from Singapore on July 24, bringing with him six cloned credit cards.

Over the following six days, Kwek and a group of others used the cards to purchase a range of goods totalling $41,000 , generally targeting high value, portable and easily resaleable items like jewellery and watches.

The group also obtained a storage facility where the goods could be hidden.

Kwek was convicted on charges relating to the goods he bought with the cards, which came to a value of $16,500, as well as his attempts to buy a further $19,000 worth of goods.

Judge Davidson said the use of cloned credit cards was a relatively new crime in New Zealand and the case highlighted the commercial vulnerability of credit cards and credit card companies.

In sentencing Kwek, the judge said he took into account Kwek's early guilty pleas and the fact that he had no previous convictions.

However, he said the planned nature of the crime and the significant amount of money involved were also to be considered.

He sentenced him to one year in prison and did not grant him leave to seek home detention.

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