| 9 December 2023, Saturday |

Assets seized in Singapore’s money laundering case swell to S$2.4 bln

The value of the assets confiscated in Singapore’s largest money laundering investigation has increased to S$2.4 billion ($1.76 billion), making it the largest case ever, according to police.

The assets currently consist of cash totaling over S$76 million, 68 gold bars, cryptocurrencies totaling over S$38 million, more than 110 properties, and 62 automobiles totaling over S$1.2 million.

Police did not give details of the fresh seizures and how they were found.

Last month, 400 police officers ran simultaneous raids across Singapore and arrested 10 foreigners in an anti-money laundering swoop.

Police have said the 10 suspects were allegedly “laundering the proceeds of their overseas organised crime activities, including scams and online gambling”.

During the raids, police seized S$1 billion worth of assets including bank accounts, S$23 million in cash, luxury homes, cars, bags, watches and two gold bars. The 10 also had various passports from Cyprus, Cambodia, Dominica, China, Turkey and Vanuatu.

The amount was updated to S$1.8 billion in early September as investigations led authorities to assets in Swiss banks.

The large amounts seized in the case has been the talk of the town in Singapore, which has attracted vast investments and private wealth since the pandemic but is generally know for having low crime rates.

Latest figures from the central bank show that total assets under management in Singapore rose 16% in 2021 to S$5.4 trillion, compared with a global increase of 12% to $112 trillion the same year.

  • Reuters