Love scam jailed 20 months for cheating $57k

Love scam jailed 20 months for cheating $57k

CrimeLibrarySingapore·2018-01-01 02:10

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Tay Kok Hua, 57, was jailed for 20 months of cheating cleaner, Madam Tan Joo Eng, 79, of her money during their short-lived romance.

It began when Tay met Madam Tan, who was single, at a toilet near Kreta Ayer where she worked. He gave her his mobile number, and they would contact each other and meet on several occasions. She thought he was the late-arriving Mr Right, but he saw her as another prey.

Subsequently, the pair started a romantic relationship. He then told her of his financial difficulties and began to ask her for loans. She agreed to lend him money and would withdraw from her bank account or from cash she had on hand. These loans ranged from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.

He issued her a cheque for $15,000, meant as repayment of the previous loans which she had extended to him. He did this to induce her to continue lending additional sums to him.

She loaned him further sums amounting to about $35,500. She did not know that the bank account which he used in his renovation business had been closed since 2002.

Madam Tan tried to encash the cheque which bounced. She then made a police report that she had delivered a total around $57,000 to him.

The scammer received the 20-month jail sentence for deceiving Madam Tan that the cheque would be honoured to induce her to deliver further loans of about $35,500 to him.

(Image Credit/s: mysinchew)

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