Aussie man linked to crime syndicate in Malaysia jailed

MELBOURNE, Feb 19 — A former champion skateboarder lost an appeal against a prison term for his role in a Malaysia-based international organised crime syndicate’s fraudulent credit card scam in Melbourne.

A county court judge heard Rocky Ng Tin Yu, 38, was caught last October in phone calls intercepted during a police operation, talking with a syndicate member, the Age newspaper reported.

The court here was told yesterday that Ng was then on parole after serving four years’ jail for trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.

Prosecutor Kristie Eales said the Malaysia-based syndicate imported fake credit cards and encoded them with details stolen from Australian and global banking customers.

She said cards were “skimmed” and sold online for use by criminal syndicates, including the Melbourne-based one which co-ordinated daily “shopping trips” for members.

Police who raided Ng’s home found A$21,480 (RM70,884), an iPad, two iPhones and sales receipts from purchases using fake cards on computers.

He pleaded guilty in October to two charges, that included dealing with money suspected of being the proceeds of crime, and appealed yesterday a magistrate’s six-month sentence to judge Frances Millane.

Ng, who was jailed in 2008 for the drug offence, was on parole when he committed the latest offences, saying he was owed money by the syndicate member.

Millane jailed Ng for six months. — Bernama



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