Man charged with cheating VTL bus ticket buyer on Carousell of S$195
SINGAPORE — A 26-year-old man was charged in court on Monday (March 7) with cheating a buyer on e-marketplace Carousell over a round-trip bus ticket through the Malaysia-Singapore vaccinated travel lane (VTL) scheme.
Muhammad Solehudin Abu faces a single charge of cheating another man on Feb 19 into believing he was selling the ticket from Singapore to Malaysia for S$195.
Solehudin allegedly used his Carousell account “fastdealllllaahh” and induced the other man into transferring the sum to a POSB account.
The police said in a news release on Friday evening that the suspect then purportedly did not deliver the ticket and became uncontactable.
Solehudin was arrested on Thursday and the police’s preliminary investigations revealed that he is purportedly involved in several other cheating cases. A police prosecutor told the court on Monday that the authorities are tracing two other alleged victims over VTL tickets.
Tickets for the VTL land route between Singapore and Johor Baru have been in high demand, with many facing long wait times and crashed websites when tickets went on sale in November last year.
The VTL scheme currently allows vaccinated Singaporeans and Malaysians to travel without quarantine between both countries.
In the news release, the police reminded members of the public that VTL bus tickets can only be purchased from the appointed providers — Causeway Link and Transtar Travel. The tickets are also non-transferrable.
Solehudin was offered bail of S$5,000 and will return to court on April 4.
If convicted of cheating under the Penal Code, he could be jailed for up to 10 years. He could also be fined.