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Man who claimed son was ‘picked up’ by stranger under investigation for lying to police

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SINGAPORE: A 61-year-old man who claimed a stranger “snatched” his son is under investigation for allegedly providing false information to a police officer, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said on Sunday (July 11).

Police were notified of the case around 12:40 p.m. Saturday. The man claimed that a stranger “snatched his son along Punggol Walk and left him in a car”.

But investigating officers discovered several inconsistencies in the man’s and witnesses’ accounts of the incident, police said.

The man’s son and the person accused of taking him away are known to each other, police said, and the son would have gotten into the car voluntarily.

The investigation against the man is ongoing.

“Police want to remind the public that police resources could have been better used to tackle real crimes and emergencies than to investigate false reports or false information,” SPF said.

“Those who file false police reports or provide false information will face serious consequences under the law.”

A person found guilty of giving false information to a government official could face up to two years in prison, a fine, or both.

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