Published: Tuesday February 19, 2013 MYT 2:07:00 PM
Man linked to Malaysian crime syndicate jailed
MELBOURNE: A former champion skateboarder lost an appeal against a prison term for his role in a Malaysia-based international organised crime syndicate's fraudulent credit card scam in Melbourne.
A County Court judge heard Rocky Ng Tin Yu, 38, was caught last October in phone calls intercepted during a police operation, talking with a syndicate member, the Age newspaper reported.
The court was told on Monday that Ng was then on parole after serving four years jail for trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.
Prosecutor Kristie Eales said the Malaysian-based syndicate imported fake credit cards and encoded them with details stolen from Australian and global banking customers.
She said cards were 'skimmed' and sold online for use by criminal syndicates, including the Melbourne-based one which co-coordinated daily 'shopping trips' for members.
Police who raided Ng's home found AUD21,480 cash (RM70,884), an iPad, two iPhones and sales receipts from purchases using fake cards on computers.
He pleaded guilty in October to two charges, that included dealing with money suspected of being the proceeds of crime, and appealed on Monday a magistrate's six-month sentence to Judge Frances Millane.
Ng, who was jailed in 2008 for the drug offence, was on parole when he committed the latest offences, saying he was owed money by the syndicate member.
Judge Millane jailed Ng for six months.