Tradenation luxury scam: Second man arrested for helping fugitive couple flee Singapore
The 38-year-old man allegedly entered into a conspiracy to help Singaporean Pi Jiapeng and his Thai national wife Siriwipa Pansuk flee Singapore.
SINGAPORE: A second man has been arrested for allegedly helping the couple with possible links to the Tradenation luxury goods scam flee Singapore.
The 38-year-old man will be charged in court on Saturday (Jul 30), said the police in a news release on Friday.
Investigations revealed that the Malaysian man allegedly conspired with a lorry driver to help Singaporean Pi Jiapeng and his Thai national wife Siriwipa Pansuk leave Singapore on Jul 4.
The couple fled the country by hiding in the container compartment of a lorry, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said.
The lorry driver, Mohamed Alias, was charged last week.
He allegedly drove the vehicle hiding the couple on Jul 4, at about 7.25pm at Tuas Checkpoint's departure cargo section.
Police said the 38-year-old man was arrested in Malaysia on Friday "with strong cooperation and assistance from the Royal Malaysia Police".
If convicted, he could be jailed for between six months and two years, and fined up to S$6,000.
Arrest warrants and Interpol red notices have been issued against Pi and Pansuk, after at least 180 police reports involving two companies, Tradenation and Tradeluxury, were made since June.
The complainants said they made advance payments for luxury watches or bags, but that the couple never delivered the goods.
While some media reports said the total value of the undelivered luxury watches and bags was S$32 million, CNA understands that victims who made police reports have not received goods worth at least S$20 million as of Jul 17.
Pi, 26, was arrested on Jun 27 for his suspected involvement in cheating offences. His passport was impounded and he was released on bail on Jun 29.
Pansuk, 27, was also assisting the police with investigations and surrendered her passport to officers on Jun 30. Both subsequently became uncontactable.
According to Interpol, Pi was born in Fujian, China, while Pansuk is from Roi Et, a province in central north-eastern Thailand.