The “luxury goods scamming couple” have become wanted criminals worldwide.
On Wednesday (20 Jul), the Singapore Police Force publicised the full names and photographs of the two criminals. The 26-year-old Singaporean male is called Kevin Pi Jiapeng, and his 27-year-old wife Pansuk Siriwipa is a Thai national.
After Shin Min Daily News looked deeper into the case, the reporters learned that Pi is the only son of his family, and that his mother immediately burst into tears upon knowing her son’s involvement in the case.
In a scam that ran over the course of at least 8 months, nearly 200 people placed orders for luxury watches or branded bags through the couple, and the proceeds amount to $32 million at least.
Even then, $32 million might be a conservative estimate, as other information sources have revealed that the couple may possess the unsold luxury items as well.
None of the customers received their orders, and the couple have become uncontactable.
Currently, there are at least 180 police reports filed against the couple.
On 27 June, the police arrested Pi, and his wife also assisted in the investigations.
Their passports were consequently impounded, but with the help of a 40-year-old Malaysian man, they managed to flee to Malaysia via the Tuas Checkpoint by hiding in the container compartment of the lorry.
It is believed that the couple have absconded all the way north to Thailand.
The police issued a public statement on Wednesday night, releasing the names and photos of the couple. Authorities are currently investigating the two companies, Tradenation and Tradeluxury, which are allegedly involved in the fraud case.
Arrest warrants and Interpol red notices have also been issued.
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The Thoughts of a Single Mother
According to an insider who is familiar with Kevin Pi Jia Peng’s family situation, the Singaporean man is the only child, comes from a single-parent family, and lives with his mother.
After the couple’s involvement in the fraud case came to light, the insider visited the mother.
However, the mother was also kept in the dark and knew nothing about her son’s actions.
A few days prior, one of the victims also came knocking at Pi’s mother’s house.
The victim stated the mother was clearly unaware of everything, and she was crying nonstop the whole time. The victim later related the incident in the WhatsApp group where more than 100 victims had gathered.
The police kindly ask members of the public to contribute any information regarding the couple’s whereabouts.
Witnesses can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000. For overseas callers, please call +65 6255 0000.
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