Singapore — A mother got her 11-year-old son to go with her on harassment assignments for loansharks, and had him splash paint on someone’s front door in one incident described in a Singapore court on Friday.
The 43-year-old housewife was found to have committed 25 offences of assisting unlicensed moneylenders, including splashing paint at flats and cars, and allowing loansharks to use her bank accounts and ATM cards between Sept 2012 and July 2013.
She received a four year and seven month jail sentence, and a fine of S$150,000 (US$119,474).
The woman reportedly took her son with her on harassment assignments.
The court heard of one such incident in Yishun on Sept 7, 2012 where she gave her son a can of paint and told him to splash it on the front door of a 10th floor flat, while she wrote “O$P$” graffiti on a wall – commonly used in loanshark harassment cases in Singapore, meaning “owe money pay money”.
The boy reportedly obeyed instructions, fearing she would punish him if he disobeyed.
The woman’s name is not being released in order to protect the identity of her son, said reports.
No action has been taken against the son, who is now with his father.
Singapore police this week arrested 16 people believed to be part of an illegal moneylending syndicate responsible for over 340 harassment cases, in a 12-hour crackdown on loanshark activities in the city-state.