This week, a court in Singapore adjudged that the last member of a three-member gang who stole thousands of dollars from a Bitcoin trader was guilty. Jaromel Gee Ming Li was sentenced by the court to three years in jail as well as twelve strokes of the cane as part of his punishment.
Ming Li and his cohort included Mohd Abdul Rahman Mohamad and Syed Mokhtar Syed Yusope and were involved in attacking a Bitcoin trader back in 2018. Abdul Rahman is yet to go on trial for his crimes while Syed Yusope has already pleaded guilty to robbery. According to sources, Abdul Rahman and Ming Li would act as third parties in a bid to lure cryptocurrency investors into their trap.
In these instances, buyers would approach them with a lot of money looking to make a massive profit by trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. During the event in question, the three parties decided not to transfer the cryptocurrencies even if the buyer provides them with the capital. The victim, Pang Joon Hau had traveled from Malaysia to Singapore to conduct cryptocurrency trades where he fell prey to Ming Li’s scam.
Mr. Joon Hau had a total of $365,000 with him that he planned to convert to cryptocurrencies. When Ming Li found out about this plan, he quickly informed both Abdul Rahman and Mokhtar who arrived at the hotel at night to execute the plan. During a meeting between Mr. Pang and a Bitcoin broker, Mokhtar interfered and attacked Mr. Pang for his money. Both Abdul and Mokhtar made off with the money but their happiness was shortlived as Abdul was arrested just two days later.
Kin of the accused was also brought in to establish proof with Abdul Rahman’s ex-wife also pleading guilty for receiving contraband from him. This turned out to be the final nail in the coffin as it started the snowball effect of arrests. Abdul’s ex-wife was also sentenced to 9 weeks in jail starting from mid-October. The final conclusion of the case will only be revealed at the end of the last arrest with many members of the cryptocurrency community wondering how harsh the penalty would be.