An unemployed Singaporean woman was jailed for 29 months on Wednesday (Aug 30) after she knowingly helped her Nigerian boyfriend receive money from scams.
Hasanah Abdullah, now 44, pleaded guilty to two counts each of assisting another person to retain benefits of criminal conduct, removing the ill-gotten gains out of Singapore and dishonestly receiving stolen property.
Hasanah earned between $50,000 and $60,000 in commission. The victims’ monies have not been recovered, the court heard.
Nineteen other charges, mainly for similar offences, were taken into consideration during sentencing.Nineteen other charges, mainly for similar offences, were taken into consideration during sentencing.
Hasanah, who committed the offences between April 2014 and June 2015, moved to Malaysia in 2013 and fell in love with Richard Osza after meeting him there.
In December 2013, he asked her to provide him with bank accounts in Singapore to receive monies on his behalf – purportedly for his clothing business. However, when she asked, he was unable to show her any proof of it.
Despite this, she agreed to help, and allowed him to use her bank accounts. Between April 19 and Dec 30, 2014, Hasanah allowed Osza to make use of bank accounts belonging to both her and her daughter.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Yonghui said: “As Hasanah continued to receive money for Richard, Hasanah suspected that Richard was, in fact, a scammer and the money that she was receiving on his behalf were the benefits of his criminal conduct.
In December 2014, Singapore police asked Hasanah to assist them in their investigations as they had received several reports involving her bank accounts. Officers also warned her not to allow others to use the accounts.
She ignored their warning and used a friend’s account to continue receiving and transferring the benefits of Osza’s criminal conduct. According to court documents, Hasanah received $416,370.63 and transferred $305,307.63 in all.
Hasanah, who was unrepresented in court, was supposed to give a statement to the CAD on May 18, 2015. But she failed to turn up and remained uncontactable.