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Police arrest Malaysian for smuggling counterfeit S$1 coins

Source:  www.ica.gov.sg

Malaysian Arrested For Import of Counterfeit Coins into Singapore

Police have arrested a 48-year old Malaysian Chinese man on the morning of 11 August 2006 for importing 1,995 counterfeit Singapore $1 coins from Malaysia to Singapore via the Woodlands Checkpoint.
On 11 August 2006 at about 12.30 a.m, acting on information received, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers conducted a check on a Malaysian-registered car, which had arrived at the Woodlands Checkpoint from Johor.
The car was driven by the man, who was the only person in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, ICA officers found 1,995 Singapore $1 coins packed in several plastic-bags within a tray hidden beneath the driver's seat. Suspecting that the coins were counterfeits, the ICA officers alerted the Police.
The man was arrested for importing 1,995 counterfeit Singapore $1 coins into Singapore. He will be charged in Court on 12 August 2006 for Import of Counterfeit Coin under Section 238 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. The offence is punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment up to 10 years and with fine.
Counterfeit coins are not prevalent in Singapore. The seizure is also the largest seizure of counterfeit coins in Singapore in recent years.
To detect counterfeit coins, members of the public could take note of the following characteristics of genuine Singapore coins:
- A sharp ringing tone is produced when the coin is dropped on a hard surface;
- The relief of the design, milled edges, lettering and characters on both the obverse and reverse of the coin are very sharp and defined;
- The golden colour of the metal of the $1 coin is even as the metallic composition is aluminium bronze.
Members of the public who suspect that they have or may have received counterfeit coins, should not pass on the coins. They should retain the suspected coins and report to the Police immediately.
As our country's first line of defence against terrorist threats, ICA has a duty to ensure the security and safety of Singapore.
We have tightened our security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contraband.
We would like to advise the public against smuggling unlawful goods into Singapore.
END OF NEWS RELEASE
11 Aug 2006

Source:  www.ica.gov.sg News Release 11 Aug 2006

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