The Police have arrested a 19-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of cheating by impersonation. Two other men, aged 20 and 35, are assisting in Police investigations.
On 17 October 2020, the Police received a report that three men were believed to have impersonated Safe Distancing Enforcement Officers (EOs) in the vicinity of a shopping mall located at 3 Gateway Drive. Investigations revealed that the three men had claimed to be from an organisation by the name “SG United”.
Through ground enquiries and follow-up investigations, officers from Clementi Police Division established the identities of the three men and their role in the case. It was ascertained that they were not hired by any government agencies, and were not authorised to perform safe distancing enforcement duties.
Investigations against the three men are ongoing. The offence of cheating by impersonation carries an imprisonment term of up to 5 years, or a fine, or both.
Members of the public are advised that EOs and Ambassadors can be identified through their Safe Distancing Enforcement Officer and Ambassador passes, or the SG Clean Ambassador pass, when they are performing safe distancing duties. EOs may also wear a red armband. Besides Police officers, EOs are the only authorised persons who can take enforcement action by issuing composition fines for breaches of safe distancing and safe management measures. Ambassadors help to advise and guide businesses and individuals to comply with safe distancing and safe management measures.
Notices for fines will be issued to offenders in hard copy either on site, or through mail. Members of the public will never be asked to make payment in cash on the spot, or to provide bank account details or One-Time-Passwords to make payment. Members of the public should be wary when such requests are made by persons who claim to be EOs.
Source: Singapore Police Force