Australia jails Malaysian fraudsters

A Malaysian couple have been jailed by a Melbourne court for spending over $100,000 (3.2m baht) using fake credit cards.

Kenny Lim and his wife Sock Lim, both aged 21, were part of an international crime syndicate which used stolen credit card details to create counterfeit cards, the Victorian County Court heard on Thursday.

The couple used false cards to purchase and redeem about $114,500 of Coles supermarket gift cards from December 2010 to January 2012, for which they were paid up to 12% of the face value, Sky News Australia reports.

The pair pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to defraud.

“Your fraud was an international one in which you each played very necessary roles,” Judge David Parsons told the couple, as they cried in the dock.

“You also dealt in what can only be regarded as very significant amounts of money.

“The fact that you each participated in and persisted in the systemised fraud for a very long period is something which calls for very significant periods of imprisonment.”

Kenny Lim was sentenced to three and a half years in jail, with two and a half years to be served before he is eligible for parole. 

Sock Lim was sentenced to 18 months in jail, of which nine months must be served.

Both have already served 73 days in custody.

Sky News Australia

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