2 SCDF NSFs emptied colleague’s bank account via online transfer after one of them took his phone

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SINGAPORE – Two full-time national servicemen (NSFs) with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) emptied their colleague’s bank account by making an online transfer of $690 after one of them stole the victim’s mobile phone.

On Tuesday, Nizar Syafiq Ismadi, 21, who completed his national service in February 2023, pleaded guilty to multiple charges including weapon possession and an offence under the Computer Misuse Act.

His accomplice, Mohamed Iskandar Mohamed Ansari, then 23, who was a corporal at the time of his offences, was sentenced to three months and five weeks’ jail in February.

He had pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and an offence under the Computer Misuse Act.

At the time of the offences, Nizar, Iskandar and their colleague Leon Tay, 23, were serving at the 3rd SCDF Division in Yishun as security administration staff. Nizar and Mr Tay, who has also completed his national service, were then lance corporals.

Some time before August 2022, Nizar and Iskandar planned to “do something big” to Mr Tay.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tung Shou Pin said: “Nizar understood this as making Leon’s life miserable by taking his phone.”

Court documents did not disclose the reasons behind the plan.

At around 7.30am on Aug 1, 2022, Iskandar and Mr Tay began their 24-hour duty shift at the regimental sergeant major’s office of the division.

Mr Tay was about to leave the office at around 9am to man the guardroom, where he was not suppo...

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