AN AMERICAN businessman was yesterday charged with conspiracy to cheat an Australian in a mobile phone scam operation.

Last month, Kamari Kenyada Charlton, 37, was also charged with overstaying in Singapore.

In March, Charlton - who was then in Singapore - had made calls from his mobile phone to a Mr Mirko Prskalo in Australia.

He allegedly duped the 74-year-old into believing that his nephew and family were in urgent need of funds in Singapore.

He is alleged to have induced Mr Prskalo to remit a total of A$17,145 (S$21,800) on four occasions via Western Union, a financial services company.

If convicted of this charge, he can be jailed up to 10 years and fined. Now in remand, he did not appear in court and the charge was read to him via video link.

American faces cheating charge