Russian Sentenced to Jail and Fined for Harassment by Usurers, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories

A 22-year-old Russian harassed the occupants of an apartment on behalf of a loan shark to whom he owed money, and even gave him access to his own bank account.

Singapore graduate student Vladimir Danilenko was jailed Thursday for 14 months and fined $ 30,000. The court documents did not indicate the school or course he was attending.

Danilenko pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment by a loan shark and one count of assisting a loan shark in the business of lending money.

Seven other charges of lender harassment were considered by the court in sentencing.

According to court documents, Danilenko borrowed $ 400 from a loan shark known as Bro in November of last year, but was unable to repay the loan.

Bro then offered Danilenko to work to harass other debtors on his behalf. Danilenko initially agreed, but failed to do so later.

In December of last year, the loan shark offered Danilenko $ 150 in exchange for his ATM card and corresponding personal identification number (PIN).

The student then left his ATM card and PIN details above a set of mailboxes in a Sengkang East Avenue housing estate.

Deputy Prosecutor Kathy Chu said a runner working for Bro gained access to Danilenko’s bank account using the ATM card and PIN code.

“The bank statement from the accused’s DBS account showed that at least $ 28,900 was deposited and withdrawn from December 28, 2019 to January 20, 2020,” the DPP said.

Bro contacted Danilenko again in February of this year, offering to pay him $ 150 to $ 300 for each apartment he splashed paint on and left a debtor note on as a message from the loan shark.

Danilenko then roped up Kodagoda Dulshan Kavinda, a 24-year-old Sri Lankan national, for help.

At 1:34 a.m. on February 6, the duo went to an apartment in Jalan Bukit Merah, where Danilenko splashed paint on the unit, including on its front door and gate, and left a note. on a so-called loan.

He repeated his actions five days later at an apartment on Woodlands Avenue 1.

In both cases, Kavinda recorded the acts using Danilenko’s cell phone, as proof to Bro that they had done as he asked.

The Sri Lankan national was sentenced to 10 months in prison on September 21 for his involvement in the harassment.

Danilenko’s lawyer Kalaithasan Karuppaya said Thursday his client would not be able to pay the fine. Danilenko will therefore serve an additional four weeks in prison instead.

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