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7 years' corrective training for serial cheat who got away with $125k

Published on Feb 18, 2013 12:16 PM
 
File picture of a stack of $100 notes. An unemployed man who cheated 14 victims of nearly $125,000 over almost two years was sentenced to seven years' corrective training on Monday. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

An unemployed man who cheated 14 victims of nearly $125,000 over almost two years was sentenced to seven years' corrective training on Monday.

Tan Chip Huat, 40, pleaded guilty last month to 19 charges involving $76,332. Forty other charges were taken into consideration during his sentencing.

A district court heard that he would browse through the Internet to identity his potential victims. After he identified a potential victim, he would contact the victim at their contact numbers or e-mails, using a pseudonym during most of his interactions.

He preyed on women looking for a job by posting advertisements on the Internet that he was looking to hire a personal assistant. When they met, he give the impression that he was well-to-do and working in the financial sector at an office in Raffles Place.

 
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