Man used stolen Telegram credit card details on taxi rides and Burger King, is jailed
SINGAPORE: A man accessed a Telegram group chat circulating stolen credit card details and used them to make hundreds of dollars worth of taxi bookings and Burger King orders.
Serial offender Muhammad Syawal Kamis, 32, was sentenced to six months and a week in jail on Monday (February 7th).
He pleaded guilty to three counts of cheating, with two other counts considered.
The court heard that Syawal came across a Telegram group chat sometime before November 21, 2020, where details of the stolen credit card were circulating.
He found a set of details issued by the Bank of Oklahoma and decided to use the information. He added the credit card details to his ComfortDelGro taxi booking account.
Between November 21, 2020 and December 23, 2020, Syawal booked taxi rides 34 times and charged them to the credit card. He continued to book taxi rides until an error message appeared on his account.
The taxi company detected the fraudulent transactions amounting to S$562.91 and filed a police report in February 2021.
A few weeks earlier, Syawal had linked the stolen credit card details he had retrieved from the Telegram chat group to his Burger King account. Between February 8, 2021 and March 2, 2021, he used the details to purchase food from the fast food restaurant seven times using multiple foreign credit cards.
An accountant working for Burger King Singapore filed a police report in early March 2021, claiming that the company had detected fraudulent transactions in the amount of S$225.40.
Syawal also used the stolen credit card details to purchase two cardboard boxes worth S$28 from a company called Jaguar 3R Ventures in March 2021.
The prosecutor asked for the sentence that was ultimately imposed, noting that Syawal made full restitution.
However, Syawal has a long list of previous convictions dating back to 2003, when he was put on probation for criminal breach of trust. Over the years, he has received sentences ranging from reformatory training to prison for crimes like theft and criminal breach of trust.
His last prison sentence was imposed on him in November 2018 for crimes of fraud.
As mitigation, Syawal asked for a shorter prison term, saying he had a daughter and a wife living in Indonesia. He said he was the sole breadwinner, working as a house painter, but his business has been affected due to the pandemic.
He had to find ad hoc jobs to get by and said he cooperated with the police.
“The very moment I was apprehended, I felt so upset…and I was remorseful that this happened to me again. I’m upset that I didn’t avoid committing a crime,” he said. -he declares.
Appearing emotional, Syawal said he understood he had recounted past convictions, but said he was “in fact turning over a new leaf”.
“I know my freedom is very hard for me to achieve, I will continue where I started, where I have been with my wife and daughter. Please give me a (lenient) punishment this time,” he said.
The judge told Syawal that the charges against him were quite serious, but said that although Syawal had made full restitution, he had a long list of past convictions.
“For this particular sentence, prison is mandatory. But if you continue like this, and looking at the number of years … you’re looking at remedial training in the future if you continue down this path,” the district judge said. Shawn Ho.
“I say this for your own good – remedial training, a minimum of five years, a maximum of 14 years. And there are more serious things like preventive detention afterwards.”
He advised Syawal not to miss his two-year-old daughter’s growing years, and Syawal thanked him for his “words and reminder”.
Judge Ho allowed him to postpone his sentence until February 28.