SINGAPORE: The prosecution on Tuesday (Jul 14) told the court it would proceed on 220 of the charges levelled against Tan Kong Chieh. The 42-year-old had earlier been charged with 660 counts of unauthorised modification of subscriber information on prepaid SIM cards.
The prosecution added it would take into account the remaining 440 charges. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Aug 21 at 3pm. The accused’s bail has been extended, and he has engaged legal counsel.
The offences were allegedly committed between 2010 and 2012, with SIM cards belonging to three local telecommunication companies. Tan, a Singapore citizen, was said to have modified contents of a computer system to register the names of others for the SIM cards.
Individuals can register a maximum of three prepaid SIM cards each, regardless of whether they are from one or more mobile service providers, under a framework introduced in April last year.
Previously, individuals could buy up to 10 prepaid SIM cards. The regulatory framework to control the use of prepaid SIM cards was first introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore in 2005.
If convicted, Tan may be sentenced up to three years’ jail, fined S$10,000, or both.